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Afghan Forces Launch Massive Military Operation in Baghlan

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Baghlan – Afghan forces have launched a military operation in northern Baghlan province to clear insurgents before the holding of the April elections, local officials said on Saturday. The military operation began in Dushi district of the province and very soon the operation will begin in other parts of the province, said Gen. Aminullah Amarkhil, Provincial Police Chief.

He believes with the launch of the operation those polling centers which face security threats will be open on election day on April 5. “The operation was launched on Friday in the province and will continue until the holding of the elections in the province to clear the insurgents,” he said. Mr Amarkhil said that during the raids the Afghan forces have seized many weapons.

Based on the plan made by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), 6,775 polling centers would be open on the election day, with only 396 centers likely to remain closed due to security risks. It comes as, officials of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that the security forces are undertaking operations in areas where security threats have increased. MoI added that there are still concerns about some of the polling booths throughout the country. (Tolonews)

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