Kandahar operation enters last phase, Taliban defeated: Afghan official

17:12, October 27, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The spokesman of Afghan Defense Ministry General Zahir Azimi on Wednesday said that the ongoing military operation in Taliban birthplace the southern Kandahar province has entered its last phase and possibly would end in weeks.

"The Kandahar operation which is in its last stage has been considered significant as the military and civilian casualties figure was very low and the locals' cooperation was in its highest level," Azimi told reporters in the weekly press conference here.

All non-military measures including boosting reconstruction process, ensuring good governance and wiping out militants from their hideouts had been put in place before launching operations in last May, he further said. "Several villages have been cleared of the enemies and it means that insurgents have been defeated,"Azimi emphasized. "Most important point is that the operation is leading by Afghan National Army (ANA)," he said, adding it could be a model for other operations in future.

Frequent security incidents, Taliban-linked militancy and terror attacks in Kandahar, since early this year have claimed hundreds of lives including over a dozen local government officials.

To root out militants and ensure lasting peace in Kandahar, both Afghan and NATO-led troops launched joint operation couple of months ago in Arghandab, Jalai, Panjwai and adjoining areas and the operation has been going on during which scores of Taliban fighters, according to Azimi have been killed and injured or detained.

However, he did not give an exact number; saying at the end of operation the number of casualties would be released.

Meantime, he stressed that 732 militants including some foreign fighters among them have been arrested across the country over the past one month.

He also said 162 roadside bombs and over 120 kg of explosive materials, five suicide vests and five barrels of acid used in making homemade bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have also seized by Afghan troops over the mentioned period of time.

The strength of Afghan National Army (ANA), according to Azimi is over 144,600 at the moment while the Afghan government with the support of NATO and U.S. forces has been trying to bring the number to 171,600 by the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion