Afghan forces discover cache of weapons in Ghazni

Afghan National Army forces have discovered a cache of weapons and other military equipment in central Ghazni province, a local security official said Saturday.

The provincial police chief Ghulam Daoud Tarakhail said that the cache has been discovered at house of an individual identified as Tafan in an area near Ghazni City.

Tarakhail said that most of the discovered weapons and military equipment have come from Iran.

“The weapons are totally new and have been imported from Iran,” Tarakhail said.

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At least 40 Pakistani Taliban killed in Ghazni operations

The Afghan Military in the Southeast claims at least 40 Pakistani Taliban militants have been killed during the operations of the Afghan forces and coalition airstrikes in Ghazni province.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and coalition forces conducted operations and airstrikes in Nawa, Khogyani, and Gilan districts.

The statement further added that at least 72 militants have been killed during the operations, including around 40 Pakistani Taliban militants.

According to 203rd Thunder Corps, at least 2 militants were also wounded and at least 17 others were arrested during the same operations.

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Ghani hold talks with Ghazni officials regarding recent security developments

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed the recent security developments in Ghazni province during a video teleconference attended by senior military and civilian officials.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the governor of Ghazni, commander o 203rd Thunder Corps, Police Commander of the 303rd Spinghar Zone, Ghazni Police Chief, and the National Directorate of Security Chief had also participated in the video teleconference  and shared their reports regarding the security and social situation of Ghazni to the President.

The provincial governor of Ghazni shared information regarding the resumption of the activities of administrative institutions as well as the process of delivering aid to the needy people.

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More than 250 Afghan troops, 100 civilians killed during last week in Afghanistan

The last week massacre has resulted more than 250 Afghan troops and 100 civilians killed in all across Afghanistan, according to officials.

The Taliban group attacked Ghazni city during the last week, collapsed the military base of Allawoddin in Baghlan, Chinese base in Faryab and shot dead all of its surrounded soldiers.

Another deadly attack on an academic center in Kabul on Wednesday was also shocking for the Afghan people.

At least 65 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the IS group attack on an education center in Kabul.

145 Afghan troops and 60 civilians were killed in Ghazni raids which at the same time more than 200 troops and civilians were wounded in the same incident.

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Defense, Interior Ministers brief media on current situation in Ghazni city

The Ministers of Interior and Defense briefed the media regarding the current situation of the provincial capital of Ghazni province after four days of intense battle.

Defense Minister Bahrami said additional forces have arrived in Ghazni city and more troops have been mobilized from the other province as well to clear the city from the presence of the militants.

Bahrami further added that senior security officials including the Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Sharif Yaftali are in Ghazni city at the moment, leading the clearance operations against the Taliban.

He assured that the security situation in Ghazni city would change in the next 24 hours.

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Afghan backup forces arrived to Ghazni

More than a thousand of commando forces have arrived to Ghazni province to suppress the Taliban group, security officials said.

The backup forces who were deployed to Ghazni city late on Friday night said they will change the city to a Taliban cemetery and the group has suffered heavy casualties so far.

“We have more than two hundred Tanks and we will change Ghazni to a graveyard for Taliban,” Abdul Razaq Safi, the commander of 203 Thunder Corps said.

The attacks began around 2am with intense gun battles raging and fires burning in several shops in Ghazni city.

Taliban militants hiding inside homes in the city’s residential areas slipped into the streets attacking Afghan security forces.

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Taliban storm Ghazni City; heavy clashes ongoing

Sources from Ghazni province say that heavy clashes are ongoing between government forces and Taliban in Ghazni City – in the center of Afghanistan – 148 kilometers southwest of Kabul.

Taliban has said in a statement that the group has stormed Ghazni City from different sides.

Sources said that Kabul-Ghazni Highway has been closed to traffic following heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban.

Hamidullah Nawrozi, member of Ghazni Provincial Council, told TOLOnews that “Ghazni city will fall to the Taliban if reinforcements were not sent”.

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District governor killed in coordinated Taliban attack in Ghazni

A senior government official was killed in a coordinated attack by the Taliban militants in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement confirmed that the district administrative governor of Khwaja Omar district Ali Shams Dost was killed in the attack last night.

The statement further added that the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on the district compound and security posts late on Wednesday night.

At least twenty seven Taliban insurgents were also killed during the clashes and airstrikes launched in response to the attack, the statement added.

In the meantime, the provincial police commandment said at least seven security personnel also lost their lives in the attack and at least nine others were wounded.

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Taliban takes captive two tribal elders for refusing to pay islamic tax

The Taliban militants take captive two tribal elders in Ghazni province after they refuse to pay the Islamic Taxation (Ushur and Zakat), local officials said Thursday.

The incident has occurred in Khawaja Omari district of Ghazni province about three days ago.

Head of the district local council, Besmillah Sharifi, said Taliban asked them in multiple occasions to pay the money for “Ushur and Zakat”, but they refused to do so.

Finally, the insurgents have kidnapped them from their houses and still keeping them as captives, according to Mr. Sharifi.

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Taliban commander among 18 killed in Kunduz city

A local commander of the Taliban group was among at least 18 killed during the operations in the strategic Kunduz city.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban commander Ghulam Safi was killed along with 17 others during the operations conducted in the vicinity of Kunduz city.

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