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|US forces target high-level Taliban leaders with M142 rocket in Helmand|
|[Khaama Press] The US Military in Afghanistan says a high-level meeting of the leaders was targeted with M142 missile in southern province of Afghanistan.|
"Task Force-Southwest, under U.S. Forces-Afghanistan authorities, confirmed a ground-based rocket artillery strike using the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, against a command and control node for high-level Taliban leaders in Musa Qala district, May 24," the US Forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.
The statement further added that the structure was a known meeting location for prominent Taliban leaders, where they planned and facilitated attacks against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who are supporting election security in the area.
"One way we support our Afghan partners is with kinetic strikes so that they are able to maintain the offensive," said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, Task Force-Southwest commander. "Strikes like this one not only degrade Taliban operations, but also give our partners the ability to maintain continuous pressure against a weakened enemy."
Task Force-Southwest deployed to Helmand Province, April 2017, to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and 505th Zone Afghan National Police.
Established in 2009, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan is a U.S.-led mission that directs and enables U.S. military operations in support of Resolute Support, ’s train, advise and assist mission. Its purpose is to sustain campaign momentum in Afghanistan. It is also tasked with executing responsibilities and oversight for manpower, material and logistics, basing and operational movement in the country, supporting a responsible economic transition that encourages a resilient Afghan economy.
|Taliban’s military commission chief for Nangarhar districts killed in NDS raid|
|[Khaama Press] A senior leader in charge of the military commission of the group for the 14 districts of eastern province was killed during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence, (NDS).|
The governor’s office in Nangarhar in a statement said the senior Taliban leader Gul Mohammmad was killed late on Thursday night in the vicinity of Surkh Rod district.
The statement further added that Gul Mohammad was also famous Sangari and was attempting to flee the area when he was by the NDS Special Forces.
According to the provincial government, at least two comrades of Sangari were by the NDS Special Forces during the operation.
Sangari had visited Surkh Rod to coordinate the supply of weapons, explosives, and munitions for the future attacks, the statement said, adding that he was mainly looking to carry out attacks in Jalalabad city.
Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed including Taliban have recently increased their insurgency activities in this province.
|Clashes Reach Closer To Ghazni’s Center|
[ToloNews] An MP from Ghazni said have reached to the outskirts of the provincial center and that a number of main districts of the province are under serious security threats by s.
Khwaja Omari was retaken by security forces after a while, but the MP said the district is still faced with high security threats.
"Ghazni City is on the verge of collapse," said Arif Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni. "Khwaja Omari, Deh Yak, Zana Khan, Waghiz and Jaghatu districts are falling to the and are retaken by security forces every day. These (districts) are parts of Ghazni City. We are faced with a chaos."
"Militant groups attacked some districts, but were pushed back by government forces. Two security force members were in the fighting so far," Ghazni Police Chief Rohullah Mansoori said.
The Ministry of Defense however said they have cleared some parts of Ghazni of s.
"Government forces have made good progresses in Ghazni," Defense Ministry Mohammad Radmanish said.
Ghazni has 18 districts, of which Malistan, Jaghori and Nawor districts are relatively secure and the rest are often witnessing heavy between government forces and the Taliban.
|Govt Warned Against Further Chaos In Faryab|
|[ToloNoews] A commander of public uprising forces and a close aide to Abdul Rashid , the First Vice President, on Friday warned Faryab local officials over the fate of his fighters who are under siege by in the province.|
He made the remarks at a joint meeting with MPs, members of provincial council, political parties and civil society from Faryab.
The commander, Nizamuddin Qaisari, warned that if his forces are not rescued, he will "kill" local officials, police and army commanders stationed in Faryab.
Public uprising forces under Qaisari’s command and dozens of other soldiers are under siege by the in Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts for past few days, an MP said.
"If one of them is killed, I will kill you all by my own hands.. If Shirin Tagab falls tonight (Friday), I will arrest you all. The president should hear it. The interior minister and other officials should hear what I say," Qaisari said.
"When you cannot rescue your forces, you must admit to the people that government has made a deal (with s)," Bashir, a resident of Faryab, said.
Some MPs at the event said have reached close to Maimana City, the center of Faryab, adding that the situation requires a serious attention by government.
"Insecurity threatens Shirin Tagab, Dawlat Abad and Khawja Sabz Posh districts. The threats are visible also in the center of Belchiragh and Garzivan districts. Unfortunately, the wave of threats has reached to Qaramqol and Andkhoy districts," said Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, an MP from Faryab.
Gen. Momin Andar, Commander the First Regiment of 209 Shahin Military Corps, meanwhile said security threats in Faryab are worrying.
"The situation of Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts is worse. We have asked commandos to be deployed there," said Andar.
The Defense Ministry however said reinforcements have been sent and have supported well government forces in the province.
"Reinforcements have been sent there (to Faryab) and have supported government forces in the province. Even Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts have been defended very well," Defense Ministry Mohammad Radmanish said.
|Foreign Forces Conduct Airstrike In Faizabad City|
|[ToloNews] Some residents of Badakhshan province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, claimed US forces have conducted an in Faizabad City, the center of the province. The residents said the bomb landed close to civilian houses, police headquarters and governor’ office.|
According to the residents, the airstrike was conducted on Thursday evening.
They said did not have any activity in the area where the airstrike was carried out.
"We were leaving the mosque in the evening prayer when we heard a loud voice and I saw that people were shouting," said Gada Mohammad, a resident of Faizabad City.
"The airstrike damaged civilian houses. Why government and US forces do not target the in Wardooj (district)? Why they conducted the airstrike here?" asked Mirullah, a resident of Faizabad.
Badakhshan Provincial Council said foreign forces also conducted airstrikes in Kishm district to target s.
"The Resolute Support aircrafts bombarded both Faizabad City and Kishm district’s center. One bomb landed close to Jolghar (area) which is near the provincial police headquarters and other landed close to center of Kishm district. No doubt, it created fear among residents of Faizabad City and Kishm district. It shows that there was no coordination," Abdullah Naji Nazari, member of Badakhshan Provincial Council, told TOLOnews.
Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said the Resolute Support officials have said the airstrike was carried out ’mistakenly’.
"The foreign forces should support our security forces but what happened yesterday (Thursday) was a mistake which has been admitted by them (foreign forces) in which they dropped bombs in the outskirts of Faizabad City and the outskirts of Kishm district’s center," he told TOLOnews.
"We asked them (foreign forces) to be accurate in their operations," he added.
|Pak Ambassador in Kabul confirms Taliban’s contacts with regional countries|
|[Khaama Press] The Pak Ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan has confirmed that the group has good contacts with the regional countries as he admits that Pakistain has limited influence over the group.|
"We have communicated this to the international community, including the U.S., that one thing needs to be understood: the Afghan character is very independent. Even when the Soviets withdrew in 1989, and we had a lot of influence with the mujahideen because we stood with them in that proxy war, they never listened to us and they were never able to reach any agreement. Then, the second instance was when was in power and 9/11 happened. Pakistain was the [only] country that was recognizing that government, even the UAE and had stepped back, but he never listened to us," the Pak Ambassador said.
"So yes, we have influence, but limited influence. You cannot expect Pakistain to guarantee that they will listen to us ‐ they may not listen to us. And also within the regional environment there are now also other countries with which Taliban have good contacts, their leadership especially," he added.
This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the Taliban receives support from Russia and Iran apart from Pakistain.
The US Department of Defense or Pentagon officials had earlier said that they are not ruling out the involvement of Iran in a major offensive carried out by the Talibs in western Farah city of Afghanistan.
|Modi and Putin agree to start work on first joint project in Afghanistan|
Sources privy of the development in the Indian government have said that the leaders of the two countries agreed regarding the implementation of the project during a meeting in Sochi.
Sources told The Indian Express that Modi proposed the idea for the joint project in Afghanistan, which Putin readily accepted. "Unlike in Wuhan, where Xi had proposed the Afghanistan project, here Modi took the initiative with Russia," a source said.
No further details have been given regarding the project and the estimated date for the launch of the project in Afghanistan.
India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.
The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.
The government of India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by President Mohammad in late 2016.
|Shaheen Corps confirm Afghan army casualties in Faryab attack|
|[Khaama Press] The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North has confirmed the casualties of the Afghan armed forces in an overnight attack by the Talibs in northern Faryabn province.|
The Shaheen Corps in a statement confirmed that the launched a coordinated attack on Gulzar and Gulzar-1 check posts in Sherin Tagab district late on Wednesday night.
The source further added that the Afghan forces responded to the Taliban attack but three soldiers during the clash and at least five others were .
According to Shaheen, at least three M16 rifles and a check post have fallen into the hands of the Talibans.
In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps says at least five Taliban were also killed and seven others were during the .
The Shaheen Corps says additional forces have been deployed in the area to suppress the Talibans.
On the other hand, reports emerging from the area suggest that 12 Afghan soldiers have during the clash and a number of others have sustained injuries.
The anti-government armed groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.
|Afghan forces and Taliban suffer casualties in Uruzgan clash|
|[Khaama Press] The Afghan armed forces and the suffered casualties during an overnight clash in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.|
According to the local officials, the latest clash took place in the vicinity of Chora district and as a result at least sixteen were killed.
The officials are saying that the clash has also left at least eight security personnel martyred, including and soldiers of the Afghan National Army.
The district administrative chief of Chora Amin Khaliqi confirmed the clash and the casualties toll of the Taliban and security forces.
Khaliqi further added that several Taliban have also sustained injuries during the clash which also left a number of security personnel .
According to Khaliqi, the Talibs launched a coordinated attack late on Wednesday night to capture the district but faced a resistance from the security personnel.
The anti-government armed groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.
Uruzgan is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where the Taliban are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
|15 militants killed in Deh Yak operations in Ghazni: Thunder Corps|
|[KhaamaPress] At least fifteen were killed during the ongoing operations in Deh Yak district of southeastern Ghazni province, the 203rd Thunder Corps said Thursday.|
The operations are being conducted as part of the Shaheen-1 operations which were launched in response to coordinated attack.
According to Thunder Corps, the armed forces carried out artillery strikes and clearance operations against the in Deh Yak, leaving at least 15 dead and 4 others .
The source further added that the security forces also confiscated a rocket launcher, 7 hand grenades, and 6 improvised s during the operations.
The Thunder Corps also added that the explosive ordnance disposal team also discovered and defused an improvised planted on a roadside in Khwaja Omari district.
The anti-government armed groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as are underway between the security forces and Talibs in some districts of Ghazni after Taliban launched a coordinated attack on Deh Yak and some other districts earlier this week.
|Local Taliban leaders among 6 killed in AAF airstrikes in Kunduz|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six including two local leaders of the group were killed in a series of s carried out by the Afghan Air Force in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the latest airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Imam Sahib district.
The source further added that the hideouts of the were targeted in Ganjak Joi Begum area of the district and as a result at least two were also .
According to Shaheen Corps, the local leaders killed during the airstrikes have been identified as Qari Shukoor and Qari Halim who were killed along with four of their comrades.
A main compound of the Taliban along with two outposts was also destroyed in the airstrikes, the Shaheen Corps added.
|Heavy artillery strikes pound Taliban positions in Ghazni|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan armed forces pounded the positions with heavy artillery strikes in response to the group’s coordinated attack on Ajristan district in Ghazni.|
The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said the Afghan armed forces in coordination with the other security personnel targeted the Taliban positions with heavy artillery strikes to respond to the Taliban attacks.
The source further added that the Taliban positions were targeted in Ajristan, Deh and Gilan districts as part of the Shaheen-1 operations launched in response to Taliban attacks.
The Thunder Corps also added that at least 27 Taliban were killed and 15 others sustained injuries during the operations while a rocket launcher, 6 hand grenades, and 6 improvised s were destroyed.
At least one Afghan soldier also lost his life in the attack and two others , the Thunder Corps added.
This comes as the provincial council and Ghazni s said that the Taliban launched coordinated attack on Ajristan and Deh Yak districts sparking fierce on Monday night that lasted until Tuesday morning.
According to the officials, several members of the security forces during the with the Talibans, including two senior police officials.