The Taliban group in Afghanistan harshly reacted at the ongoing heavy airstrikes in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, claiming that only civilians are being killed or wounded in the ongoing campaign.

A spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the claims of inflicting heavy losses to the Taliban fighters are false.

Ahmadi further added that only the civilians have been killed and their houses have been destroyed in the airstrikes.

He also harshly criticized the media for taking side to report regarding the airstrikes, claiming that the security forces and media are only spreadign false rumors and propaganda.

This comes as the local officials in Helmand are saying that the airstrikes on Taliban drug labs and hideouts continue since the past few days.

Helmand governor Hayatullah Hayat said more than 80 Taliban insurgents have been killed in the airstrikes so far.

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support and US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said Monday that the U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes over the past 24 hours against Taliban drug labs, to target the revenue streams of the terrorists.

Gen. Nicholson further added that the combined operations struck seven Taliban drug labs and one command-and-control node in northern Helmand province.

“Specifically, in striking northern Helmand and the drug enterprises there, we’re hitting the Taliban where it hurts, which is their finances,” he said.


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