More than 50 militants killed, wounded in U.S. airstrike in Paktia

More than fifty militants were killed or wounded during the airstrike conducted by the U.S. forces in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said the latest airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Syedabad district.

A statement by 203rd Thunder Corps stated that the militants were targeted in Zargul area of the district, leaving at least 30 militants dead.

The statement further added that 22 militants also sustained injuries during the same airstrike.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

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Work on Paktia dam to resume after seven years

Officials from Ministry of Energy and Water said a Russian company will resume construction of Machalgho dam in Paktia province.
The project costs more than $22 million USD.

“The project is crucial for Paktia province. We are working to resume the construction works,” said Mohammad Hakim Gheljaee, head of Water Supply and Water Implementation Supervision of the ministry.

Paktia provincial council members said the pervious contractor had received 30 percent of the project’s fund, but even five percent of the work was not completed.

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Taliban militants have reportedly captured Jani Khel district in Paktia

The Taliban insurgents have reportedly captured the control of Jani Khel district in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan.

Certain local officials have confirmed that the control of the district fell into the hands of the Taliban insurgents after days of heavy gun battle between the security forces and the insurgents.

The officials are saying that the Taliban insurgents once again launched a major attack on the security posts in the early hours of Tuesday morning and managed to seize the control of the district center.

However, the provincial police chief Toryalai Abadyani says the Afghan security forces are still in control of several check posts in the district.

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