Afghan Military Raids Kill 30 Taliban Over the Weekend

Airstrikes pounded Helmand Province

The Afghan Defense Ministry reported at least 30 Taliban killed and dozens more wounded in attacks across Afghanistan over the weekend. They also claimed to have defused a number of IEDs on public roads.

The largest incident was in Uruzgan Province, where the government claimed the Taliban were trying to carry out an offensive. At least 12 Taliban were reported killed in this series of exchanges.

10 more were killed in airstrikes in the Helmand Province, while the military also reported they’d killed eight in raids in Faryab. The Taliban has not commented on any of these exchanges so far.

The military also said large amounts of Taliban wepaons were destroyed. These were almost certainly originally Afghan weapons looted in previous offensives, as 19 years into the war both sides are using mostly the same gear.

Author: Jason Ditz

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