Afghanistan: ANSF clears Malistan district of Ghazni province, advancing in Jaghori, says MoI

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Afghanistan on Sunday said that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have cleared Malistan district of Ghazni province of insurgents and are now advancing in Jaghori district, TOLONews reported.

“Afghan forces have cleared Malistan district of insurgents and Afghan commandos, police special forces and NDS units are launching air and ground operations on insurgents from two directions to clear Jaghori district as well,” said MoI spokesman Najib Danish in a Facebook post.

He said that ‘two units of territorial army forces comprised of 6,000 personnel have been organized to maintain security in these two districts and will be assigned for the security of the areas once they complete their military training’.

The development occurs after the Taliban had, on November 6, launched group attacks on Jaghori district, considered one of Afghanistan’s most secure districts in Ghazni province.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish at the time had said security forces had withdrawn from two outposts after clashes intensified but said additional troops have since arrived along with equipment in the district.

On November 12, protestors marched from the western parts of Kabul to the city center, in protest against what they believed to be neglect on the part of government to secure large parts of Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.

On November 17, security officials had said that government forces had made some progress in Malistan and Jaghori districts.

Officials said the Afghan forces launched military operations on the outskirts of the districts on Saturday.

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