According to the Afghanistan government, in a countrywide crackdown, the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and international coalition forces killed 15 suspected Taliban militants and arrested 55 on Saturday.

 Eighteen joint operations were launched in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Takhar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Herat provinces, Xinhua reported, citing a government statement. 

The forces confiscated 12 AK-47 rifles, five rocket launchers, three machine guns, five anti-vehicle mines, 1,280 kg opium, 164 kg hashish, four kg heroin, three radio handsets and five motorbikes.