Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:11
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:56
A Taliban commander and two of his men were killed in a joint Afghan army and police operation in western Badghis province on Wednesday, a military official said.
The operation's objective was to clear the area of insurgents, General Rajab Ali Rashed, a brigade commander with the 207 Zafar ANA Corps, said.
No Afghan civilians or members of the Afghan security forces were harmed during the operation.
Over the past 20 days, 20 separate operations have been conducted around the country, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.
About42 insurgents have been killed and 240 others have been captured in these operations.
The defence ministry believes that security situation is 26 per cent better than it was a year ago. It did not say how this figure was calculated.