The Afghan and U.S. Special Forces have thwarted planned Taliban attacks against the security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in a statement said the Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF), advised by U.S. Special Operations Forces, conducted a helicopter raid on Taliban compounds in Maywand district, Kandahar province September 4.

The statement further added that Afghan Special Security Forces killed 14 Taliban fighters, detained five, destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBEID), heavy weapons and a defensive fighting position.

Information recovered during the raid indicated that Taliban fighters were using Maywand district to plan attacks against U.S. and Afghan forces in the Kandarhar area, the statement added.

“By methodically uncovering then spoiling the plans of future coordinated Taliban attacks, this operation showcases the increased capability and lethality of Afghanistan’s well-known fighting force,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Otto Liller, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan deputy commanding general.

This comes as the security situation in southern Kandahar province has improved comparatively during the recent years but the anti-government armed militants are attempting to destabilize the province as part of their ongoing efforts to increase attacks in the key southern provinces.


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