Afghan army raid kills 269 Taliban
Published: 12:48 PM, 25 July 2021
At least 269 Taliban members have been killed in military operations in 13 Afghan provinces, the country’s defense ministry has confirmed the matter.
In the last 24 hours, the operations were carried out in Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Guzgan, Helmand, Kunduz and Kapisa provinces of Afghanistan, according to a report from Arab News, citing a statement from the ministry.
Another 176 Taliban members were wounded in the raids. The army recovered a large number of weapons and ammunition from the Taliban. However, the Taliban has denied the Afghan Defense Ministry’s figures.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Defense Ministry has rejected the Taliban’s demand for control of 90 percent of Afghanistan’s borders. Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said the area under Afghan government control was “expanding” and lost districts were being “recaptured” one by one from the Taliban.
In other news from Afghanistan’s Herat province, the army has repulsed a major Taliban offensive in the Karakh district. Afghan government troops recaptured the district from the Taliban on Friday.
Many civilians were also killed in the clashes between the two sides. Besides, millions of people have lost their homes.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has approved an emergency fund of $100 million to address the refugee crisis in Afghanistan and the use of special visas for Afghan aid to the United States.
The White House said Friday the money is being used to help refugees, displaced persons and those at risk of violence including security risk in the current context of Afghanistan.