86 rebels eliminated in a fortnight in north: ANA
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Eighty-six insurgents have been killed and 142 others wounded during the past two weeks as a result of an ongoing offensive in northern provinces, a military commander said on Tuesday.
Brig. Gen. Zalmai Weesa, the 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander in the northern zone, told a gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, that four Afghan soldiers were also killed and eleven others wounded during the period.
The gathering was arranged by high school and university students to voice their support for Afghan security forces after they assumed full security responsibility from foreign counterparts on January 1.
Weesa said some areas in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz, Qaisar and Amar districts of Faryab and Saripul, Baghlan and Jawzjan provinces were somehow under threat from insurgents.
In order to do away with the threat, the military official said they had launched a joint major operation codenamed “Fatah” in nine northern provinces since the start of this Afghan calendar month (Jan 20-21).
He said reports indicated 62 militants had been killed in Kunduz and about 100 injured. Another 16 rebels were killed in Faryab, where 28 others were injured, he said. In Saripul, he said, eight militants were killed and 14 wounded.
During the operation, Weesa, said four ANA troops lost their lives and another nearly a dozen sustained injuries.
To a question about the new emerging threat from the Islamic State, the military official confirmed the Iraq and Syria-based group was trying to find a foothold in Afghanistan.
“We accord no value to the names of enemy. It has no impact on us if today we are fighting those dressed in white and tomorrow those in black. Everyone who is Afghanistan enemy, we aim our guns at them.”
Weesa said the troops had so far not encountered any group claiming allegiance to the IS during the ongoing operation in the north.
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