Afghan forces launch operation to recapture Darqad district

Kabul, Jan 9 (IANS) Afghan security forces launched operations to recapture Darqad district in Takhar province on Saturday, police said.

Police, backed by the Afghan army, started the operation around 2 a.m. (local time) and it will last till tmilitants are evicted, Xinhua quoted police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir as saying.

The security forces have faced no resistance so far and the operation goes smoothly, the officer added.

Taliban militants who overrun Darqad district along the border with Tajikistan last October have yet to make a comment.

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