Three local Taliban leaders, including the shadow governor, were killed by airstrike in Farah province, in western Afghanistan. This is reported by Xinhua with reference to a statement by the Ministry of Defense of the country.
According to the defense department, shadow governor of Farah Mullah Abdul Bari, as well as field commanders Mullah Saddik and Mawlawi Sayed, were killed on Friday evening, August 2.
The statement does not specify whether the strike was inflicted by the Afghan Air Force or the coalition forces led by NATO. The Taliban have not yet commented on this information.
It is known that the Farah province has long been an arena of fierce clashes between militants and security forces.
Earlier, Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said that if the U.S. decides to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, the Czech Republic will do the same. It was reported by Novinky.
“If negotiations with the Taliban are successful and lead to internal political stability in Afghanistan, then security should improve. If it comes to reducing the number or complete withdrawal of American troops, then we will respond to it adequately. That is, if the Americans leave Afghanistan, we will also leave,” the minister said.
According to the minister, the Czech Republic is closely monitoring the progress of negotiations in Afghanistan, analyzing the development of the situation in this country and, on this basis, it is ready for the further actions.
“But so far no decision has been made. Representatives of the U.S. Congress have now stated that if Afghanistan remains under the same strong Islamist pressure, they will be against the withdrawal of troops. The command of the American army has a similar opinion,” said Metnar.
The number of U.S. military contingent in Afghanistan is 14,000 people. They both train Afghan colleagues and take part in separate counter-terrorism operations against terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State and the Taliban.
Earlier, US President Trump announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria and the victory over the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria. The U.S. Department of Defense also announced that it plans to provide "complete" and "fast" withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.