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Afghan, U.S. forces shoot Taliban governors, fighters

Last updated on September 15, 2019

KABUL (Reuters) — Afghan forces supported by U.S. forces killed two senior Taliban leaders and 38 fighters of their hardline insurgent group in joint airstrikes conducted in western and northern areas of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

The surgeries, started on Saturday night, were directed at foiling strikes planned by the Taliban on Afghan forces,” said a senior security officer at capital Kabul, adding that clashes have died after the collapse of diplomatic discussions involving the U.S. and the Taliban.

However, the Taliban denied that the governor was murdered.

In another event, Mullah Sayed Azim, a Taliban designate governor for Anar Dara district in western Farah was murdered in a joint Afghan and international force raid.

“Sayed Azim was murdered and 34 other insurgents at Anar Dara,” explained Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for Farah provincial authorities.

Senior security officials in Kabul said a few joint operations will be established from Taliban and Islamic State fighters to stop attacks on Afghan forces and civilians before the presidential polls on Sept. 28.

Struggling picked up in many parts of Afghanistan a week following U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt cancellation of discussions with the Taliban aimed toward bringing U.S. troops and launching the way to finish to 18 year long war in Afghanistan.

Last week that the Taliban killed four Afghan unique force members in a car bomb blast.