Afghan and NATO forces have launched a major offensive in a new bid to wrest control around the key southern city of Kandahar.
Operation “Dragon Strike” began on Saturday with air raids and ground operations in Taliban strongholds.
Many of the areas have already seen weeks of fierce fighting with some 30,000 NATO and Afghan troops pushing across the region.
Meanwhile, there has been no word about the fate of a British aid worker kidnapped in the northern Kunar province along with three of her Afghan colleagues.
The Taliban says it was not involved.
It comes as Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister told euronews the government is making a concerted effort to win “hearts and minds” in order to secure a lasting peace.
“Reconciliation, reintegration will happen with those combatants who are accepting our constitution,” Zalmai Rassoul told our reporter in New York.
“(They must not be) part of Al-Qaeda and other terrorists groups,and have not committed crimes against the Afghan people so that woman (sic) rights, human rights, freedom of the press and liberties in Afghanistan is fully guaranteed. (Those outside will not be) part of any deal for reconciliation or reintegration,” he added.