BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 A.M.) – Afghan government forces have killed and injured scores of Taliban fighters – among them a number of key commanders – in an ongoing offensive throughout the north of the country.

The new anti-insurgency operation taking place in the Chardara district of Kunduz province has so far seen the Afghan National Amy’s (ANA) 10th Pamir Battalion kill fifty Taliban militants as well as wound another 28.

Six commanders belonging to the Islamist militant group are among the dead. These battlefield leaders have been identified as follows: Qari Hayatullah, Qari Mohammad Sajad, Imad al-Dine, Zul fi-Kar, Mullah Asadullah, and Qari Abdulhai.

According to Afghan military sources, the 10th Pamir Battalion has also managed to seize a significant loot of military equipment from the Taliban in its latest operation.

This includes two Ford Ranger-type vehicles, ten motorcycles, 68 improvised explosive devices (IED), 15 mortar rounds, five suicide vests, four SPG-9 recoilless rifle rounds, three AK-47 assault rifles, three hand grenades, three caches of assorted ammunition, three boxes PKM machine gun ammunition and a box of M4 assault rifle ammunition.

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