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Afghan Forces Kill 260 Taliban Militants In Helmand

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No fewer than 260 Taliban militants, including senior commanders, have been killed in an operation by Afghan government forces in the southern province of Helmand.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said on Friday that the Sangin district of Helmand was cleared of Taliban militants.

According to Sediqi, the militants suffered heavy casualties during the operation.

The Helmand operation showed that the Taliban militants cannot hold ground in Afghanistan, he added.

Local officials said almost 800 militants were involved in the attacks centered on Sangin.

“About 800 fighters started to storm four districts of Helmand” on June 22, said the provincial governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak.

Zwak said reinforcements had been sent to repel the attacks in the Sangin, Nowzad, Kajaki and Musa Qala districts, where 2,000 families have fled the violence.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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