Several Taliban group leaders including the deputy shadow governor and the commander of the Red Unit of the group were killed in the airstrikes in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense spokesman General Dawlat Waziri said the militants were killed in the airstrikes conducted in Khak-e-Safid district of Herat.

He said at least 38 militants including the deputy shadow district governor of the group Mullah Abdul Samad and the Red Unit commander of the Taliban Mullah Lal Haji Bari Jan Sadiq were killed.

Gen. Waziri further added that a total of fourteen militants were also wounded during the airstrikes and several weapons depots were destroyed.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as Taliban’s “Red Unit” commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka Haji Nasir, was killed in a kinetic strike in Musa Qalah, Helmand, Dec. 1. One of Wali’s deputy commanders and three other insurgents were also killed in the strike.

According to a statement by the US military Wali and his “Red Unit” were responsible for planning numerous suicide bombings, IED attacks, and coordinated assaults against civilians, Afghan and coalition forces. Wali was directly responsible for coordinating operations and resupply of munitions, explosives, and materials for the Taliban throughout Helmand province.


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