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Afghan forces kill 75 Taliban militants in mop-up operations

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 8, 2015 8:34AM

Afghan security forces have killed more than 70 Taliban militants and wounded more than two dozen others during various clean-up operations across the war-stricken country over the past 24 hours.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that 75 militants were killed and 31 others injured in a series of operations carried out in the provinces of Badakhshan, Daykundi, Helmad, Kapisa, Kandahar, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Maidan Wardak, Nimruz, Paktia, Takhar, Uruzgan and Zabul.

The statement added that as many as nine militants were also arrested during the offensives.

It said that six members of Afghan security personnel lost their lives in the operations.

Afghan soldiers also confiscated light and heavy weapons, and defused several improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Afghanistan faces a security challenge years after the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The offensive removed Taliban from power, but many areas in the country are still beset with insecurity.

At least 13,500 foreign forces remain in Afghanistan despite the end of the US-led combat mission, which came on December 31, 2014. The forces, mainly from the US, are there for what Washington calls a support mission. NATO says the forces focus mainly on counter-terrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.

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