Resolute Support said clearance operations were being conducted to root out the remaining Taliban in the city.
‘No Enemy Activity Reported In Ghazni City Today’: RS
Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Colonel Martin O’Donnel said on Tuesday afternoon that Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control.
He also said in a statement that no “reported enemy activity has occurred thus far today”.
The Afghan National Army's 203rd Corps, the Afghan National Police's 303rd Zone and Afghan Special Security Forces continue to conduct clearing operations to root out remnants of the Taliban within the city, he said in the statement.
“What we observed as these Afghan-led operations drove a large portion of Taliban from the city over the last day or so, was the retreating Taliban attacking the more vulnerable surrounding districts, which Afghan forces are reinforcing.”
However, some Taliban fighters remain in the city, he said but added that these insurgents do not pose a threat to the city's collapse.
He said the Taliban, who have hidden themselves amongst the Afghan populace, do pose a threat to the civilian population, who were terrorized and harassed.
“The Taliban, who falsely and repeatedly claim that they do not target civilians, have executed innocents, destroyed homes, burned a market and created the conditions for a potential humanitarian crisis with this attack,” he said in the statement.
“Clearly the Taliban have paid no heed to the calls of the Afghan people for them to reconcile and join the peace process.”
According to O’Donnel, in terms of Resolute Support assistance to the Afghan-led clearance operation, Task Force-Southeast, US Special Forces and 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade advisors are providing advice on things such as clearance operations and combined-arms integration.
“From a US Forces-Afghanistan perspective, US airpower has killed more than 220 Taliban since August 10,” he said.
“In addition to the initial strike on Friday, US forces conducted five strikes Saturday, 16 strikes Sunday, 10 Monday and none thus far today (Tuesday),” O’Donnel said.
“Also, AH-64s from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Combat Aviation Brigade provided close-air support on Friday, Sunday and Monday."
Meanwhile the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday that the Chief of General Staff, MoI deputy for security and NDS Deputy for provincial affairs, are leading the management of the war in Ghazni.
Speaking at a joint press conference on Monday the Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami and the Minster of Interior Wais Barmak briefed the media on the situation in Ghazni.
Bahrami said: “According to latest information, planning for clearance operation has been completed, and comprehensive operations have been launched from four fronts today, with participation of ANA, ANP, NDS and commando units, aimed at suppressing the enemy and clearance of Ghazni city.”
Bahrami added that additional troops including ANA, ANP and NDS have been deployed to Ghazni to conduct clearance operations and to secure the highway.
Barmak stressed that with the measures taken, positive changes will be seen in the security of Ghazni city within 24 hours.
The two ministers assured that people of Ghazni that troops would defend the people and defeat the enemy in this province soon.