As much as 10,000 small mines are being extracted legally or illegally in 34 provinces of Afghanistan, whose lion's share of revenue goes into the pockets of militants, while a small amount of money is illegally obtained by Afghan forces.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) Special Forces and the Air Forces continue strikes against the safe havens of the terrorists across the country, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Visiting Afghan journalists have asked Pakistan to take practical efforts toward restoration of cordial relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Concerns are on the rise over Russia's growing activities in Afghanistan. In addition to its admission of having ties with the Taliban, Moscow has recently launched efforts to revive Afghan peace process through holding consultative meetings with various actors. There are also reports that Russia has been providing the Taliban with weapons and ammunitions; however, Russian officials have rejected them as baseless.