Afghan security forces have increasingly relied on airstrikes to push the militants back from cities, putting the lives of civilians at risk.
A hideout used by Taliban insurgents is seen being destroyed in an airstrike by defense forces. A video regarding the same was released by the Afghanistan government on Twitter.
In the attack that happened in Zherai district of Kandhar province, total of 20 terrorists were killed. At least 250 such insurgents have been killed while nearly 100 were wounded in battles at several major cities over the past 24 hours, Afghan army said.
As per reports three terrorist vehicles, six motorcycles, two bunkers and a significant amount of their weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.
Ministry of defense, Afghanistan in twitter quoted ” 254 taliban terrorists were killed and 97 wounded as a result of ANDSF operations in Ghazni, Kandahar, Herat, Farah, Jowzjan, Balkh, Samangan, Helmand, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Kabul & Kapisa provinces during the last 24 hours. Also, 13 IEDs were discovered & defused by ANA “.
Over the past few weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in violence as Taliban has intensified their against their attack forces and civilians.
Afghanistan government has repeatedly dismissed the Taliban’s steady territorial progress over the summer as “lacking strategic value”.
In this regard, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Miley, made a remarkable comment that the Taliban now control about half of the 419 districts centres in Afghanistan.
He added that as the Taliban seize more territory, the Afghan security forces are consolidating their positions to protect key population center’s, including Kabul.