Afghan and foreign security forces have killed at least 15 Taliban militants across the country over the past 24 hours, Press TV reports. According to Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, at least 15 militants were killed and a number of others were detained in different Afghan provinces. The statement added that 13 operations had been carried out in Kandahar, Baghlan, Kapisa, Zabul, Wardak, Jowzjan, Khost, and Ghazni. Security forces reportedly seized large amounts of Taliban weapons as well. Earlier in the week, announced that 16 Taliban militants had been killed in different parts of the war-torn country.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism following the September 11 attacks in New York City.The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in the war-weary nation. The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history. AZA/SZH/JR