July 30, 2013
Afghan forces have killed 83 Taliban militants during cleanup operations in Afghanistan’s eastern provinces of Logar and Nangarhar.
According to a statement released by Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry on Monday, the militants were killed during military operations, launched a week ago in Azra district of Logar province and Hesarak district of Nangarahr province.
Afghan security forces confiscated weapons and ammunition from the militants, the statement noted.
However, the statement did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of Afghan forces.
On July 20, the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement that “Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted a series of cleanup operations in Ghazni, Herat, Khost, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces, killing twenty Taliban militants and wounding twelve others. Six more armed men were also arrested over the past 24 hours.”
A day earlier, Afghan police forces killed seven Taliban members and wounded 12 others during heavy clashes in the Kushki Kuhna district of the western province of Herat.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country.