The police chief of eastern Kunar province, Abdul Habib Sayed Khaili, on Sunday said women and children were among the victims in the strike that occurred late Saturday. NATO officials disputed the statement, saying they had no reports of civilian deaths. They said a precision strike killed 10 militants.
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The village has a history of insurgency, and despite several successful operations there in recent years, militants found their way back. Their return was short-lived as Afghan commandos diligently rooted out the enemies of Afghanistan.
“There is still a heavy enemy presence in this region,” said Brig. Gen. Karim, command of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command. “As commandos, we are more than willing to go into the district and clear the area of the enemy.”
Wardak province-At least four Afghan intelligence officers were killed after a group of suspected Taliban militants launched an attack on an intelligence office near the capital.
Officials say six suicide attackers detonated bombs outside the building Sunday in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Wardak province. At least four soldiers guarding the compound were killed and five attackers died in the assault. More than 12 civilians were also wounded.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan have been a major point of contention between the Afghan government and U.S.-led international forces fighting militants in the country.
The announcement Saturday comes less than two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Islamabad and demanded the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif release all Taliban leaders detained in Pakistan without any criminal charges facing them.
But before he was arrested in Pakistan, younger Dadullah had already been fired by the Taliban for disobeying orders.
Afghan commandos with 1st Special Operations Kandak stop and search a vehicle during clearing operations in Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Kruger)