By Gulabudin Ghubar
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday said over 20,000 land and air operations were launched by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the first six months of this year.
Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said 440 key insurgent strongholds were destroyed in these operations in various parts of the country and hundreds of insurgents were killed or wounded.
According to Waziri, among those killed were 1,022 Daesh fighters who were mostly killed in Nangarhar province.
Waziri said the operations were as follows:
- 3,122 pre-planned land operations
- 3,090 operations by Special Forces
- 271 night operations by Special Forces
- 2,460 air strikes by Afghan Air Force
Waziri said the number of flights made by the Afghan Air Force totaled 17,356 of which 2,460 were airstrikes.
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