Afghan Govt Claims 63 Taliban Killed in Failed Kandahar Offensive

NDS claims Taliban were in hideouts

Continuing the trend of Afghan officials claiming heavy casualties inflicted on the Taliban, officials reported 63 Taliban killed over the past three days in Kandahar Province. Details of the attack conflict in different official accounts.

The National Directorate of Security claimed credit for the killings, saying that the Taliban were killed in hideouts around Kandahar. The Defense Ministry reported 51 killed, and claimed the Taliban attacked five districts before being defeated in the field.

Kandahar is the most important province for the Taliban, as the homeland of the group’s ideological leadership, and was Afghanistan’s capital before the US invasion and occupation.

The Afghan government often claims large death tolls against the Taliban, trying to show a position of strength during the peace talks. Both the defense ministry and the NDS like to credit themselves for the wins. As usual, neither reported Afghan casualties.

Author: Jason Ditz

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