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Afghan troops kill, injure 358 militants: Ministry

Iran Press TV

Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:4AM

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry has announced that its armed forces killed or wounded 358 militants in their latest military operations in multiple areas of the war-ravaged nation.

The announcement came in a Saturday statement by the ministry, which said the operations were carried out across the country within the past 48 hours in various areas in the provinces of Kunar, Laghman, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Paktia, Urozgan, Daikundi, Kandahar, Takhar, Kundoz and Helmand.

The statement, cited by local media, further added that 216 of the armed insurgents were killed and 142 of them were injured during large-scale operations.

The official statement also noted that 12 Afghan National Army troops also lost their lives during the operations as a result of landmine explosions and exchange of fire with the militants.

Afghanistan continues to struggle with insecurity and a persisting terror campaign by Taliban militants throughout the country years after US-led foreign troops marched into the war-torn nation in a massive military invasion in 2001 as part of what Washington proclaimed as "war on terror."

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 as well as training Afghan soldiers and police officers.

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