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Hundreds of Pakistanis, Chechens killed in Afghan forces operations, spokesman

Afghan soldiers fire a machine gun during a gun battle between Taliban and Afghan and foreign forces in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province April 15, 2010. Four German soldiers were killed and five wounded when they came under insurgent fire on Thursday in Baghlan, the deadliest single attack for foreign troops this year. Picture taken April 15, 2010. REUTERS/ Stringer (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - GM1E64G18AQ01

By: Suraya Raiszada

Hundreds of insurgents, including Pakistanis and Chechens have been killed and numerous others wounded during Afghan forces operations over the past seven days, spokesman for the joint armed forces said the other day.
The country’s security forces have launched 179 operations killing hundreds of domestic and foreign terrorists over the past seven days in eight provinces of the country, Ajmal Shinwari the joint Afghan security forces spokesman told media.
Pakistanis and Chechens are among the dead, said the spokesman adding hundreds others including al-Qaeda terrorist network have also been wounded over the same period, said the spokesman.
The spokesman said during the past one week, the Taliban militants have killed at least 162 civilians and wounded 22 others in their 70 car bomb attacks and landmine blasts in eight restive provinces.
The militants have destroyed 172 schools depriving thousands of children from education over the past one month, Shinwari added.
According to the spokesman, in the past 48 hours, the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties, which is unprecedented over the past 20 years and alone in the last 24 hours, in southern Helmand province, 200 insurgents have lost their lives.
As fighting intensifies, ordinary people suffered heavy life and property losses and thousands of households have been forced to leave their homes.
Both warring sides blame each others for committing civilian casualties.
The spokesman went on as saying that the country’s security forces are doing their best to protect civilians during military operations.
He said the country’s security and defense forces have launched 179 joint and independent military operations, including airstrikes, killing hundreds of insurgents including numerous foreign terrorists.
Shinwari also said that hundreds of youths — boys and girls have joined the security forces to fight the aggressive militants and that the local uprising and people support to the government forces have increased recently.
Tens of youths including girls living out of the country, via contacts with the security organs, have announced that they wanted to join the country’s security forces.
At present, the country’s security forces morale is high and they are fighting anti-government forces with high morale.
Meantime, a military expert Gen. Abdul Saboor said that terrorism was a global threat and should be fought jointly. “Unfortunately the people of Afghanistan are the main victim of the vicious phenomenon and the world should help them get rid of the brutal extremists to reach a peaceful life.”
He called on the Afghan international partners to stay alongside the Afghans and pressure the government armed oppositions to abandon war and join the peace process.

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