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Afghan Army Recaptured Arghandab District In Kandahar, Killed Hundreds Of Taliban Fighters

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Afghan Army Chief General Mohammad Yasin Zia announced on November 6 that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) had recaptured the district of Arghandab in the southern province of Kandahar from the Taliban.

Arghandab, which is located near the city of Kandahar, was captured by Taliban fighters around two weeks ago. The fighters launched a large-scale attack on the district center.

Gen. Zia told TOLOnews that the ANDSF killed at least 200 Taliban fighters while recapturing the district of Arghandab.

The district’s residents, who were displaced as a result of the Taliban attack, are now returning to their homes. However, mines and improvised explosive devices, which had been planted by Taliban fighters, are still posing a threat to civilians.

Meanwhile in the southern province of Helmand, At least four Taliban insurgents were killed and six others were captured in an operation by Afghan special forces in the district of Nad Ali.

Afghan Army Recaptured Arghandab District In Kandahar, Killed Hundreds Of Taliban Fighters

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Afghan Army Recaptured Arghandab District In Kandahar, Killed Hundreds Of Taliban Fighters

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Despite the ongoing peace talks, Taliban fighters continue to launch attacks against government forces in different parts of Afghanistan.

On November 7 and 8, four security forces members were killed and six others were wounded in two separate attacks by the Taliban in the northern province of Baghlan.

Security sources told TOLOnews that Taliban fighters attacked military positions in the districts of Baghlan-e-Markazi and Nahrin as well as on the outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri city, the center of Baghlan province. During the attack in Nahrin, Taliban fighters blocked a highway leading to the center of Baghlan province.

Taliban sustained losses in the attacks. At least ten fighters of the group were killed or injured by government forces, according to a local army commander.

A recent report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction revealed that Taliban’s violence increased by 50% in Afghanistan during August, September and November. The group’s activities pose a serious threat to the fragile peace process in the war-torn country.

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