The number of present Afghan security forces is at the lowest level since 2015, according to the Pentagon’s latest Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction [SIGAR] report that chronicles the American and NATO-led mission to create a fully capable Afghan fighting force.
Two Taliban fighters were killed during a raid in Bala Boluk district of Farah province, sources said, as cited by the Khaama Press News Agency. About 1,000 pounds of Hashish and a cache of weapons were destroyed during the operation.
At least six militants have been killed and 11 others sustained injuries as a clash erupted between security forces and the Taliban fighters in Shamulzayi district of the southern Zabul province, said an army statement released here Monday.
Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to ISIS over control of territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past year between the rival militants, officials said on Wednesday.
Reacting to Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan on Saturday said the rebels chose war over peace and the alliance was also ready to fight them.