Key Taliban commanders among 23 militants killed in three provinces

The Afghan defense and security forces have killed 23 Taliban militants, including five commanders of the group, in Helmand, Herat, and Samangan provinces, according to security sources.

Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in Marja district of southwestern Helmand province killing Meraj, who was in charge of Taliban’s suicide attacks in southeastern Afghanistan, and five suicide bombers of the group, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday, July 05.

Afghan forces have killed Mullah Abdul Raouf Mukhles, a senior Taliban commander in Herat, in a military operation launched in Ghorian district of western Herat province, according to the Ministry of Interior.

The ministry added that he was planning and launching several terrorist attacks in the province.

Talking to Kabul Now, Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, spokesperson for the 209 Shaheen Military Corps, said 16 Taliban militants, including three senior commanders of the group, were killed and 10 others wounded in Samangan province.

Afghan forces launched the air and ground operations last night, July 05, in Hazrat Sultan district of Samangan province, he added.

Abdul Munir Rahimi, spokesperson for Samanagn police, identified the dead commanders of the militants as Mawlawi Mohammadi, Jundullah, and Makhdom Sharif.

The Taliban have not yet commented on any of these incidents.

The Taliban have dramatically increased its insurgency campaign across Afghanistan ever since May 01, beginning of the foreign troops withdrawal, overrunning districts in several provinces including Samangan, Helmand, and Herat.