36  Taliban insurgents killed and wounded in airstrikes in Faryab and Daikundi

Security officials in Faryab province say security forces killed and wounded 24 Taliban insurgents last night.

Mohammad Hanif Rezaei, spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, told the media on Sunday (July 12) that “Taliban fighters attacked security and defense checkpoints in Dawlat Abad district of Faryab province yesterday afternoon. The Taliban resisted the security and defense forces.” “And the support of the country’s air force has been met, in which 14 Taliban were killed and 11 others were wounded.”

Mr. Rezaei added that among those killed was Haji Nasser, the father of the Taliban’s chief of staff for Shirina Tagab district in Faryab, and among the wounded was Mullah Zarqawi, commander of the Taliban’s Red Brigade.

Meanwhile, Abbas Ayar, spokesman for the governor of Daikundi, said that 12 Taliban had been killed in a counter-attack by security forces in the Daikundi area.

Four local policemen were killed and two others were injured in the clashes.