US-backed Afghan forces target Taliban hideouts, over 100 fighters reported dead

Continuing its offensive towards Taliban fighters, the US-backed Afghan Air Force performed airstrikes on hideouts of Taliban in numerous provinces on Monday and claimed to have killed over 100 fighters.

In a collection of tweets, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defence acknowledged that airstrikes had been performed in numerous sectors of Helmand and Kandahar provinces on Monday.

“47 Taliban terrorists were killed and 25 others wounded in airstrikes conducted by AAF in support of ANDSF operations in Dand, Zheria, TakhtaPol districts and the outskirts of Kandahar provincial center, last night. Also, 2 hideouts, 1 vehicle, 2 of their heavy weapons were destroyed,” the Afghan Defence Ministry mentioned in a tweet.

In one other airstrike on the outskirts of Helmand, 10 Taliban fighters had been killed, together with three senior commanders named Zargai, Haji Turan and Zarqavi, the Defence Ministry mentioned in a tweet.

“45 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes conducted by AAF at the outskirts of Lashkar Gah city, Helmand provincial center, late morning today. Also, a large amount of their weapons and ammunition were destroyed,” one other tweet learn.

Afghan forces, with the help of the US Air Force, have launched retaliatory motion towards the Taliban which has been actively occupying territories within the nation forward of the formal exit of US troops.

Heavy preventing has taken place in and round Lashkar Gah and each US and Afghan authorities air forces have performed airstrikes within the metropolis. The Taliban management 9 of the town’s 10 police districts, in response to the Associated Press.

Smoke rises from broken outlets after preventing between Taliban and Afghan safety forces in Kunduz metropolis, northern Afghanistan, Sunday, August 8, 2021. (AP Photo)

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On Monday, the Taliban took maintain of Sar-e Pul province after over per week of resistance by the Afghan safety forces. Along with Sar-e Pul, the Taliban now controls three different provincial capitals — Zaranj, the capital of western Nimroz province, the town of Shibirghan, the capital of northern Zawzjan province, and Taleqan, the capital of one other northern province with the identical identify.

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Despite backing the Afghan forces towards the Taliban, the US has no plans to step up airstrikes in Afghanistan regardless of accelerating Taliban positive factors there, a Pentagon spokesperson mentioned on Monday.

At a press convention, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned, “When we look back, it’s going to come down to leadership and what leadership was demonstrated, or not by Afghans.”

“It’s their country to defend now. It’s their struggle,” the Associated Press quoted him as saying.

(*100*)(With inputs from Associated Press)

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