Violent clashes claims 80 lives in Afghanistan: Officials
Iran Press TV
Sun Jul 7, 2013 12:10PM GMT
Nearly 80 people have been killed and dozens more injured in violent clashes between security forces and Taliban militants across Afghanistan, security officials say.
Afghan security officials said at least 54 militants were killed in large-scale security operations in provinces of Wardak, Kandahar, Kabul, Kunar and Paktia over the past 24 hours.
Authorities added that 14 police forces have lost their lives in Taliban attacks across the country.
Local medical sources said the death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.
Fatalities among Afghan security forces have sharply risen in recent months. Latest figures show more than 900 Afghan troops have been killed since the beginning of the year.
Despite the Afghan government's operations against Taliban militants and associated groups, they have still been able to spread their influence in various regions of the war-torn country.
There has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan.
US-led troops and Afghan forces hence are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual "spring 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 and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.
US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night raids since they invaded the country in 2001.
Washington claims it targets Taliban militants, but civilians are often the victims of such attacks.
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.
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