Afghan troops and the NATO-led International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) have launched a joint operation against militants in
central Afghan province of Ghazni, a local newspaper reported on
The operation, featuring Afghan police, army and ISAF personnel,
got under way Thursday morning in Taliban-infested Qarabagh
district of Ghazni, the Outlook Afghanistan newspaper reported,
quoting provincial police chief Alishah Ahmadzai.
"The sweep is aimed at clearing the troubled district of
insurgents," Ahmadzai said.
But he would not say how many days the anti-Taliban operation
In Qarabagh, where kidnappings and shootings have been on the
increase, the current sweep followed two similar operations carried
out by Afghan and ISAF troops during the last three months.
Currently some 55,000 international troops are fighting
militants and securing peace in Afghanistan.
Taliban insurgency-related violence and attacks have claimed
over 5,400 lives, mostly of insurgents, in the war-torn country so
far this year.
(Xinhua News Agency November 1, 2007)