The national army with the cooperation of the national police has launched seven sweeping operations in the eastern and southern provinces, defense ministry spokesman Zaher Azimi told reporters.

  • The first operation was launched in Do Aab and Barikot districts of Konar province and is still going on, Azimi said, adding that the Saylab 203 Corps conducted three operations in Dawlat Shah District of Laghman and Kamdesh in Nooristant.

    3,000 soldiers are attending the operations that are continuing in Paktya, Paktika and Ghazni provinces in addition, he said.

    Azimi reported of the ongoing Omid (Hope) is going on in Zabul, Uruzgan, Jauzjan and Herat provinces and said 107 militants were killed, 98 injured and over 500 Taliban fighters were arrested.

    Our casualty so far reaches to 65 soldiers and officers, Azimi said.

    He added that a large number of weapon caches were seized in the operations.