129 militants killed in Afghanistan
KABUL -- At least 129 militants, including Taliban and "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) fighters, were killed in recent fighting across Afghanistan.
Overnight air strikes by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Nad-e-Ali and Marjah districts, Helmand Province, killed 40 Taliban, Helmand governor's spokesperson Omar Zwak said August 2, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another five militants were killed in Paktia and Laghman provinces.
Another air strike August 1 in Gailan District, Ghazni Province, killed at least nine more Taliban commanders, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement, according to TOLO News.
Another air strike in Khak-i-Safaid District, Farah Province, killed a Taliban member, district administrative chief Abdul Khaliq Noorzai said August 2, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.
In Kot District, Nangarhar Province, AAF sorties killed at least 13 ISIL members, Khaama Press reported August 3, quoting a Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement.
Afghan troops killed at least 61 Taliban in a 24-hour span in five provinces, the MoD said in a separate statement August 2, according to the Afghanistan Times.
Troops conducting Operation Kokcha 07 killed at least 27 Taliban in 12 villages of Raghistan District, Badakhshan Province, provincial governor's spokesperson Ahmad Navid Frotan said, according to an August 3 Khaama Press report. Those 27 might be part of the 61 reported killed by the Afghanistan Times.
Two troops were killed, Frotan said.
Other AAF air strikes in Qush Tepa District, Jawzjan Province, killed at least 18 insurgents, including 2 Uzbeks, provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Rahmatullah Turkistani told Pajhwok Afghan News August 2.
Those 18 deaths might also be part of the 61 reported killed by the Afghanistan Times.
Meanwhile in Nerkh District, Maidan Wardak Province, Afghan forces detained five suspected members of the terrorist Haqqani Network, the MoD said in a statement August 2, according to the Afghanistan Times.