Kabul, 16 Nov 2020
The Ministry of Interior Affairs on Sunday released a list of 70 Taliban commanders killed in Helmand and Kandahar in Afghan forces operations that were carried out in response to attacks by the group that started more than a month ago.
According to the ministry, 20 of the commanders were from various parts of Helmand and were leading groups of 45 to 100 members.
Rahmatullah, Habibullah, Mawlawi Musa Jan, Qari Mohammad, Rohullah, Mullah Nek Mohammad, Atiqullah, Mullah Sardar, Mullah Anargul, Wali Mohammad, Mullah Idris, Mullah Samad, Sharifullah, Mullah Mohammad Isa and Mullah Amanullah are the Taliban commanders killed in Helmand, according to the ministry.
The list shows that 10 Taliban commanders who were killed in Helmand came from Uruzgan, Kandahar and Ghazni to help their fighters in Helmand.
The 10 commanders include Mullah Mohibullah, Mullah Shah Wali, Mullah Ishaq, Abdul Rahman, Mullah Payenda, Mullah Baridad, Mullah Juma Gul, Mullah Mustafa, Mullah Amanullah, Mullah Khairkhwah, Mullah Toryalai, Ejaz-Ul-Haq, and Badri Janan.
The data by the Ministry of Interior Affairs shows that 40 Taliban commanders were killed in Kandahar.
The commanders killed in Kandahar include Mawlawi Munir, Mullah Saifuddin, Mullah Sazuddin, Qari Labib, Mullah Talib, Mullah Sediq, Abdul Latif, Isa Mohammad, Noorullah, Ainuddin, Musa, Abdul Waris, Mullah Abdullah, Sardar Mohammad, Hamdullah, Mullah Merajuddin, Mullah Saifullah, Abrar, Mullah Zabihullah, Mawlawi Ainulhaq, Mullah Agha Jan, Mullah Saadullah, Mullah Qasim, Mullah Janan, Mullah Bashir, Ehsanullah, Mohammad Qasim, Mullah Nasib, Mullah Waliullah, Mullah Qadir, Hezbullah, Mawlawi Sabir, Mullah Nematullah, Mullah Baz Mohammad, Mullah Neda Mohammad, Mustaghfir, Shir Ahmad, Sardar Wali, Hafiz Nematullah, and Pir Agha.
Presenting the list to reporters, Interior Affairs Ministry’s spokesman said 152 Pakistani fighters were killed in Helmand province.
The list shows that 65 bodies of Taliban fighters were transferred across the Durand Line, 35 bodies were taken to Farah province, 54 to Helmand, 13 to Zabul and 13 bodies were taken to Uruzgan province.
At least 30 Taliban commanders were wounded in Helmand clashes, Arian said, adding that Taliban attacks were repelled by Afghan forces in Helmand, Kandahar and other southern provinces under the active defense framework.
The war in the south was led by Chief of Army Staff Gen. Mohammad Yasin Zia.
The clashes are ongoing in parts of Kandahar, Helmand and other southern provinces, but Arian said the Taliban has been defeated the southern province.
Meanwhile, Arian said that at least 134 civilians were killed and 289 more were wounded in Taliban attacks in the last 25 days.
Taliban has rejected the statement by the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
In a press conference, the Interior Affairs Ministry’s spokesman Tariq Arian released a list of Taliban terrorists killed in recent clashes against Afghan forces, Tolo News reported.
“At least 55 Taliban commanders have been killed in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in Afghan forces operations in response to their attacks,” Arain said, adding that “152 Pakistani fighters were killed in Helmand.”
According to a report by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), around 6,500 Pakistan terrorists are operating in Afghanistan most of them belonging to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning ISIS, Al Qaeda and associated individuals and entities stated that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a “large terrorist group present in Afghanistan”, has claimed responsibility for various high-profile attacks in Pakistan and has facilitated others by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Lahskhar-e-Islam, the report said.
It said that many former TTP militants have joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan (ISIL-K) and member states expect that the group and its various splinter groups will align themselves with ISIL-K.