At least 50 militants have been killed in operations by Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes in five provinces of the country. The operations were conducted Jowzjan, Uruzgan, Kapisa, Khost, and Helmand provinces.
At least 31 of the militants were killed in Faizabad district of Jowzjan province during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces. Two Taliban fighters were killed in a strike in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan which added to another 18 Taliban militants that had been killed in the same area in the past week.
A similar strike in Tagab district of Kapisa province left two Taliban fighters dead while Afghan Special Forces killed 8 militants during an operation in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar. In Helmand, a strike which was conducted in the vicinity of Nahr-e-Saraj district resulted into the killing of three Taliban militants, the sources added.
Afghanistan has been stepping up its operation against militants from various groups as intelligence reports indicate that al Qaeda is regrouping and consider Afghanistan as a safe haven. Also, the country has been facing threats from groups such as the Taliban and ISIS branch in the country.