By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Bangi and Khwaja Ghar districts in the northern Takhar province were retaken from the Taliban in an operation by government and public uprising forces on Monday morning, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
The operation was launched on Sunday night with Air Force support and “the districts were cleared of Taliban this morning,” the ministry said. “The Taliban escaped from the district after suffering heavy casualties,” the Defense Ministry said.
The statement also mentioned that Abdal and Qara Parcho villages on the outskirts of the Taluqan city, capital of the province, were also cleared of the Taliban. Taliban has not yet commented on the operation.
This comes as reinforcements arrived in the northern province of Faryab early hours of Monday morning to launch operations in areas that have fallen the Taliban, the provincial police said. The security forces have mobilized and will launch the operation soon, Faryab police spokesman Abdul Hakim Yurish said.
The clashes inched closer to the city of Maimana, the center of Faryab, on Sunday morning. The police spokesman said that “four Taliban were killed and 11 more were wounded in a clash in Pashtun Kot district in Faryab.
He added that seven Taliban were killed in Afghan forces operation in Sabz village in Pashtun Kot district. The Dahan Dara village in the district was also cleared of Taliban, he said. Taliban has not yet commented on the operations.
A statement by Afghan Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps read that the Taliban’s gatherings were targeted by airstrikes in Dawlat Abad and Chahar Bolak districts in Balkh on Sunday in which 31 members of the group were killed and seven more were wounded. The officials said that 11 vehicles owned by the Taliban were damaged in the airstrikes, the statement said.
The newly appointed acting defense minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi called on the people to stand with security forces and that the government will provide facilities and equipment.