Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Mehrullah Mehrdad

The Ministry of National Defense said the Taliban Red company commander was killed in Takhar province. The Ministry of Defense has announced in a newsletter that the Taliban commander was killed during an air strike. It was said that, in addition to the commander of the Taliban’s Red company, 12 of his subordinators were also killed and wounded. Though the Taliban have spread their attacks from several weeks in the districts of Baharak, Khwaja Ghar and around the city of Taloqan, and even they were able to seize the Khwaja Ghar district which was captured by the group, but after a short time the security forces managed to recapture over the district again.

Reports also indicated that Hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes in a series of weeks in Takhar, and they are in bad conditions. The displaced families in an interview with the Pasbanan media group News agency have stated that they have been living in a bad condition for more than two weeks, and so far no aid agencies have described humanitarian assistance to them, while local resources in Takhar claims that the Taliban group has changed their tactics and they use a different strategy against the security forces. It is stated that in the morning, the Taliban group used their soldier’s dead bodies by putting mines under them for targeting Afghan forces, and when the army forces were looking to transfer these bodies, mines were blown up and an army soldier was wounded and also a cameraman of Takhar Local Media was wounded during this incident.

In addition, the Takhar Police newsletter said that surrounded areas of Taloqan was cleared from Taliban militant’s presence and that house-clearance operations were also started by security forces. This news has been published in a time, while members of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar are now pushing for seventh round of peace talks with the United States, reports indicate that the two sides are currently voting on drafting a plan for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.

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