Afghan forces retake control of Qala-e-Zal district in Kunduz

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have retaken the Qala-e-Zal district of Kunduz province, ten days after the Taliban insurgents seized its control.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed that the control of the district was retaken during the operations launched around 6 am local time today.

The provincial police spokesman Mr. Rahmani earlier said the offensive is underway as the Afghan forces have made major gains as the offensive is underway.

He said the operations were launched from the Aqtapa village and Afghan forces are moving forward to fully clear the district.

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Residents Urge Govt To Secure Kunduz

Sources from Kunduz said on Friday that the residents of the city are living in a bad situation and want government’s help to end the war and ensure their safety.

According to the sources, thousands of Kunduz residents have been displaced due to the war and are facing with lack of food, water, shelter and medicine.

Local officials said the security forces retook control of Khwaja Mashd, Bandar-e-Kabul and Hawza-e Awal areas in Kunduz city on Thursday night, but according to the officials, Taliban militants have still control over Bandar-e-Khan Abad, Zakhail, Naseri and Chaman regions in the outskirts of the city.

Sources said that nearly 200 Taliban militants and around 20 security force members have been killed and wounded in Kunduz battle.

The sources also said that people have taken out to the Kunduz Airport road and a number of shops were also opened on Friday morning.

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Key Taliban leaders among 27 killed in Badakhshan clearing ops

At least 27 Taliban insurgents including three key local leaders of the group were killed during clearing operations in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the militants were killed in Raghistan district during the “Kokcha 07′ clearance operation.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ahmad Navid Frotan said the three key local Taliban leaders have been identified as Mawlavi Nasir Ahmad Farooqi, Fasihullah Sultani, and Mullah Samiullah Shamil.
He said at least 32 militants were also wounded during the operations and 12 villages were cleared from the militants presence.

Frotan further added that 2 security personnel also lost their lives and six others sustained injuries during the same operations but the local residents did not suffer any casualties.
The Taliban militants group however rejected the report regarding the heavy casualties of the group’s militants during the operations.

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