The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) killed at least 51 militants during the operations that were carried out in Kandahar, Farah, Nangarhar and Badghis provinces in the past 24 hours, according to local media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) carried out 45 ground operations and 10 airstrikes in country’s various provinces in the past 24 hours, killing at least 51 militants, local media reported on Thursday.

The operations were carried out in particular in Kandahar, Farah, Nangarhar and Badghis provinces, Khaama Press news agency reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense.

The Afghan armed forces also found and destroyed 18 explosive devices during the operation in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province.

Afghanistan has long been experiencing political, social and security instability, mostly due to the activity of the Taliban and Daesh terror groups, both outlawed in Russia.

AFF reported that up to 93 militants including several commanders have been killed and 26 others injured during Afghan forces’ operations in restive provinces over the past 24 hours, the Defense Ministry said.

“National security and defense forces conducted 20 clean-up operations, 18 special operations and one night operation in 16 provinces, killing 93 insurgents and injuring 26 others over the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement without providing information about casualties of the security forces.

Clashes between government forces, Taliban and the Islamic State group have flared up as Taliban militants intensified their activities elsewhere in the conflict- ridden country, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday, more than 50 people, including women and children, were killed by anti-government militants in the northern Sari Pul province.

Earlier AFF reported that Afghan forces killed more than 150 militants in counter-terrorism operations across the country.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that land and air forces killed 124 armed terrorists including a regional commander of a suicide attacker’s cell, during operations in 15 provinces, Anadolu Agency reported.

The spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) said it had conducted 18 operations in which 68 militants were killed.

The statement by security forces comes as the war-ridden country has witnessed a surge in clashes, after security forces reclaimed Nawa district in Helmand province back from the Taliban last month.

Heavy clashes have been reported in the country from at least 22 fronts since last week, according to the Defense Ministry.

Brig. Mohammad Arif, a defense analyst, told Anadolu Agency that Kabul is keen to prove that it is leading in the war with terrorists.

“The U.S is busy planning a new strategy for Afghanistan, and the defense leadership is determined to convince them that they have the will and capability to take on terrorists,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have also intensified their campaign against the government to influence the U.S. strategy, he added.

Also on Thursday, Taliban claimed to have killed 32 security officials and overrunning six security check posts.

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