SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- National security forces backed by army troopers in Afghanistan have killed 18 Taliban militants and detained four others during separate cleanup operations across the war-wracked country.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday that the militants were killed and arrested during a series of operations carried out in Baghlan, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Parwan and Zabul provinces.
The statement, however, did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of the Afghan forces.
The Taliban have not yet made any comments on the issue.
Afghan forces also confiscated light and heavy weaponry, and defused four rounds of improvised explosive devices during operations in Badghis, Helmand and Herat provinces.
On Saturday afternoon, three South African nationals and one Afghan were killed when Taliban militants stormed a foreign guesthouse in Kabul’s western district of Karte She.
Last Thursday, a group of Taliban members attempted to storm Camp Shorabak, previously known as Camp Bastion and handed over by British forces to Afghans last month, in Afghanistan’s troubled southern province of Helmand.
The new wave of violence in Afghanistan comes as the upper house of Afghanistan’s parliament on November 27 ratified the country’s Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington, and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
Based on the agreements, the United States and NATO could keep a total of 12,500 soldiers in Afghanistan next year for what they describe as supporting Afghan forces.
The agreements grant immunity to US-led troops operating in the country. They also allow the US-led forces to carry out deadly overnight raids on Afghan homes, which have triggered widespread protests in Afghanistan.