Afghan officials are claiming success in their offensive against suspected Taliban militants in the south of the country. It is reported that hundreds of insurgents have been killed or wounded, but there are conflicting reports on the exact number of casualties. Some media say two soldiers and one civilian are among those killed.
The Governor of Kandahar, Assadullah Khalid, said: “Thank God, with the support of NATO and Afghan troops we managed to drive out the enemy and clear all the villages in Arghandab district. The Taliban received hundreds of casualties, killed and wounded. Many heavy and light weapons have been left behind.”
However, NATO’s Afghan force is more cautious. It says it cannot confirm that hundreds of Taliban had been driven away from villages they had overrun. The offensive came after the Taliban freed hundreds of their comrades from the main jail in Kandahar city.