The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission released a set of pictures taken during the peak of the clashes in Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province.
The pictures have been released amid persistent claims by the Taliban group regarding the capture of key governmental infrastructures, including the central prison and provincial security commandment.
However, the Resolute Support Mission said the pictures released today, have been taken on Sunday which shows the full control of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ full control over the city, including the central prison.
The Resolute Support Mission in an online short statement stated that “#Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to conduct clearing operations. These aerial photos from Aug. 12 show Hwy1, Ghazni City center and the Ghazni prison secured by ANDSF.”
#Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to conduct clearing operations. These aerial photos from Aug. 12 show Hwy1, Ghazni City center and the Ghazni prison secured by ANDSF. pic.twitter.com/RwcAo2lD3Q
— Resolute Support (@ResoluteSupport) August 14, 2018
This comes as Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami had earlier said additional forces have arrived in Ghazni city and more troops have been mobilized from the other province as well to clear the city from the presence of the militants.
Bahrami further added that senior security officials including the Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Sharif Yaftali are in Ghazni city at the moment, leading the clearance operations against the Taliban.
He assured that the security situation in Ghazni city would change in the next 24 hours.