KABUL -- Afghan forces took back a district in Badakhshan Province from the Taliban and killed dozens of its group members nationwide, according to various Khaama Press reports posted Wednesday (September 11).
The news comes after US President Donald Trump said on Monday (September 9) in Washington, "We've hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they've been hit in over 10 years."
In Badakhshan Province, Afghan forces recaptured Keran Wa Manjan District and took back "control of the lapis lazuli mines in the area from the Taliban today", the Defence Ministry said in a statement cited by Khaama Press.
Popular uprising forces assisted government forces in Keran Wa Manjan, said the ministry. The Taliban had held the district for about two months, according to TOLOnews.
Meanwhile in Takhar Province, an air strike Tuesday (September 10) killed Mawlavi Jamal, a Taliban commander, the 217th Pamir Corps of the Afghan National Army said in a statement. Recent air strikes in Takhar and Kunduz provinces killed more than 40 other Taliban, Khaama Press reported separately.
In Farah Province, Afghan forces conducting air strikes and fighting on the ground killed or wounded at least 12 Taliban members, including Mullah Rahmat, a local commander. Khaama Press did not report the date of the actions in Farah.
In Ghazni Province, Afghan special forces killed at least nine Taliban members, Khaama Press added, without giving the date of the operation.
In Nuristan Province, Afghan forces arrested a Taliban insurgent disguised as a woman, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The date of his arrest was not reported.