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Fifty Afghan Taliban leaders killed in rocket strike, U.S. military says
May 30, 2018
KABUL (Reuters) - More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in
an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan’s southern province of
Helmand, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday, as fighting
continued across the country.
Details of last week’s operation emerged as fighting continued in other
parts of Afghanistan, where the Taliban, aiming to restore their
version of hardline Islamic law, launched their annual spring offensive
Gunmen in Kabul, the capital, attacked the heavily fortified interior
ministry, battling security forces for more than two hours before the
assault was suppressed.
There were also serious incidents in Takhar province in the north, in
Loghar, east of the capital, and Kandahar in the south, keeping up a
pattern of attacks across the country.
The U.S. military said the May 24 meeting in Helmand’s district of Musa
Qala involved commanders from a number of Afghan provinces, including
neighboring Farah, where Taliban fighters this month briefly threatened
to overrun the provincial capital.
“We think the meeting was to plan next steps,” said Lt. Col. Martin
O’Donnell, spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. While the strike
by an artillery rocket system would disrupt Taliban operations, it
would not necessarily mean any interruption to the fighting, he said.
However, the attack in one of the heartlands of the Taliban insurgency was a significant blow to the insurgents, he said.
“It’s certainly a notable strike,” he said, adding that several other
senior and lower level commanders had been killed during operations
over a 10-day period this month.
The Taliban dismissed the report as “propaganda” and said the attack
had hit two civilian houses in Musa Qala, killing five civilians and
“This was a civilian residential area, which had no connection with the
Taliban,” spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said in a statement.
In the northern province of Takhar, Taliban fighters in the Dasht-e
Qala district center captured the governor’s compound and police
headquarters on Wednesday but heavy fighting was continuing, police
spokesman Khalil Aseer said.
In Loghar, the Taliban claimed an attack on a police station in the
provincial capital, Pul-e Alam, which killed three police and wounded
12, among them four police and eight civilians.
Shahpoor Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said three
attackers who sought to enter the police station in the early morning
hours triggered a three-hour gunbattle that ended when all three were
Elsewhere, three civilians were killed and 13 wounded by an explosion
in the southern city of Kandahar that appeared to have targeted a
mechanics’ workshop repairing Afghan army vehicles, a spokesman for the
provincial governor said.
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