The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday said the Afghan National Army’s Commando Forces and the Afghan Air Force are preparing to broaden their military campaign against Taliban insurgents in a number of volatile regions of the country where insurgents have been trying to make footholds and gain grounds as part of their summer offensive.
“We are planning plan to increase night raids including operations by the commando units and air attacks,” Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Meanwhile, a number of provincial officials have confirmed that the Afghan security forces backed by commandos and Air Force have surged their attacks against militants’ hideouts.
This new development takes place at a time that over the recent months, the Taliban operatives have tried to infiltrate key towns in the east and north.
In Ghazni, the Afghan army managed to foil several offensives by the Taliban insurgents, said local officials.
“In Waghaz district (in Ghazni), 36 militants were killed and 20 others were wounded,” said Ghazni governor Abdul Karim Mateen.
“The main goal of our (military) operation is to secure Gul Tepa district in Kunduz province and to deploy friendly forces over there,” said Abdul Wase Milad, Commander of Army’s 203 Thunder Corps in Kunduz.
Also in Ghazni’s neighborhood Maidan Warkak province, the Taliban launched several attacks on the key highway connecting Ghazni to Kabul.
“They (Taliban) suffered heavy losses. The (military) operations were hailed by tribal elders, because no civilian was harmed during the operations,” the Maidan Wardak Police Chief Fahim Qaem said.
Local officials said government forces have increased their night raids and military operations in Helmand and Kunduz provinces where the Taliban fighters have been struggling to gain grounds.
It is said that currently the Afghan Army soldiers are conducting 17 operations on a daily basis including 15 separate operations by commando forces.
Defense Ministry officials said all the military operations are supported by the Afghan Air Force.