The Afghan forces recaptured major Lapis Lazuli mines from Taliban militants in Badakhshan province.
The military of defense said in a statement “After recapturing the centers of Kiraan and Minjaan districts of Badakhshan province from the Taliban, the ANDSF also took control of the Lapis Lazuli mines in the area from the Taliban today.”
The statement further added that many Taliban were killed, tens of their fighters were wounded and many others surrendered to the Afghan forces during the operations.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Defense said “ANDSF is continuing operations against the enemies of peace and stability in Badakhshan.”
The defense ministry also added that the operations have so far resulted in recapturing three districts and clearing tens of villages from the presence and activities of terrorists.