Dec 06, 2018 16:26 Asia/Tehran
  • File photo: 19 Taliban militants killed in western Afghan province of Farah
    File photo: 19 Taliban militants killed in western Afghan province of Farah

19 Taliban militants have been killed and seven others wounded in a joint foreign and Afghan army operation in two separate attacks in western province of Farah.

Iran Press / Asia: In the first nearly simultaneous airstrike targeted Taliban hideout in Naidi area of Khak Safid district on late Wednesday, Aga Mir Adalat a local Taliban commander was killed along with 10 other militants, Iran Press news agency reports. 

Khak Safid's local Taliban commander, Aga Mir Adalat was leading over 200 militants in the district, according to provincial police spokesman, Muhibullah Muhib.

In neighboring Bala Buluk district at Shewan village, eight Taliban militants were killed and seven others wounded in the second series of airstrikes, the local police official added.

Three Taliban positions were also destroyed following the raid in Bala Bulok, Muhibullah Muhib said. The Taliban so far have not commented on this report.

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The strikes were the latest raids against the Taliban militants, their supply lines and Taliban's mid-level command structure.

This comes after a foreign forces' drone strike targeted Mullah Mohammad Rahim Mannan, also known as Mullah Abdulmannan Akhund, head of Taliban’s military commission and designated governor of Helmand.

The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently as the Taliban group has been attempting to take territory and consolidate its positions ahead of winter in the country.

On Wednesday morning, 6 Afghan police were killed in a Taliban group attack on a police station in the Nahr Saraj district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

In another attack, three policemen were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan.

This week (3 Dec 03, 2018) at least ten civilians were killed following an airstrike in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan, which aim to targeting a Taliban hideout, Afghan officials said.

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After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, US and NATO military presence not only led to peace and security but also turn to main reason for increasing violence and killings in the Afghanistan.

US intelligence agencies warned that despite US coalition bombing increases in 2017 which reached a record high in the history, the Taliban has continued to make gains in the country. According to the US Military's Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Afghan authorities control or influence come to less than 55 percent of the country.

Like NATO, US under Donald Trump administration declared his policy to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table but ramped up the bombing campaign on Afghanistan while according to US media Trump seeks to withdraw the US from the country prior to the 2020 American elections. 205/103

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