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Joint forces poised for Ghazni offensive

Joint forces poised for Ghazni offensive

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Mar 19, 2011 - 20:08

GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): Afghan and international troops are poised to launch a clean-up operation against insurgents in southern Ghazni province, an Afghan military official said on Saturday.

The offensive operation codenamed Khanjar (dagger) is designed to clean out areas of rebels in Ghazni city, the provincial capital, and troubled districts, the 203 Thunder Military Corps commander, Col. Duad Shah Wafadar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The operation aimed at paving the ground of reconstructioninfo-icon projects and ensuring good governance will last three months, the colonel said.

Wafadar said 423 operations were carried out across the province this year. More than 72 militants were killed, another 27 injured and 42 others captured alive during those operations, he added.

A tribal elder, Saleh Gul, said such military actions could bring temporarily peace to the district, but it was not a solution to the problem.

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