21 April 2017

News Story: Taliban's Shadow Governor For Baghlan Killed In Night Raid & Nights Raids Critical To Eliminating Insurgents - MoD

Taliban's Shadow Governor For Baghlan Killed In Night Raid

Mawlawi Lal, the Taliban's shadow governor in Baghlan province, along with a number of fellow Taliban insurgents were killed in a night raid by Afghan and foreign forces in Dand-e-Ghori area of Pul-e-Khumre city, a source said.

According to the source, dozen of helicopters and U.S. aircraft participated in the night raid and the main aim of the raid was to target Taliban's key fighters in Baghlan.

The operation started at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night and continued until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Government officials did not comment officially but residents said that the bodies of eight of Taliban's key members, including Mawlawi Lal, were seen in the area.

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Nights Raids Critical To Eliminating Insurgents: MoD

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday said that night raids by Afghan National Army (ANA) special forces units are of strategic importance in the fight against insurgency.

These operations help to eradicate terrorists from strategic locations quickly and effectively, defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said on Wednesday.

He said that night raids, special operations and night operations were now top priority for the security forces.

But security experts called on the MoD to carry out night raids on the back of credible information only so as to protect civilians.

“If the information is credible, then we can eliminate the enemies at night quickly; but night operations have some challenges as well and it disturbs (civilian) families,” said former military officer Atiqullah Amarkhail.

“Our special units, the commandos and our air force personnel are working hard these days and they have several plans on the table; the move is aimed to accomplish the job with few personnel and quickly,” said Waziri.

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