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26 Jan 2020 | 10:53 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Afghan forces kill 51 fighters in attacks on Taliban January 25-26

Afghan forces kill 51 fighters in attacks on Taliban January 25-26 amid Taliban attacks in Kunduz and Balkh provinces

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Event

Afghan security forces reportedly launched multiple operations targeting Taliban militants on Saturday, January 25, into Sunday, January 26, killing at least 51 fighters in ground attacks and airstrikes in nine provinces. Taliban militants also carried out two attacks on security forces in recent days, including on security forces' checkpoints in Kunduz province, killing ten members of security forces, as well as on a security forces patrol in Balkh province, killing eight.

Further armed clashes are to be expected between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants across Afghanistan over the near term.

Context

Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.

Advice

Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.