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WorldTaliban attack Afghan government post near Iran border, killing 20 troops

02:10  07 november  2018
02:10  07 november  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Taliban attack an Afghan forces check point, killing 13

Taliban attack an Afghan forces check point, killing 13 An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen. Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says seven soldiers and six policemen were killed. Four soldiers were also wounded in the early Monday attack at the joint army and police checkpoint in Khogyani district. Noori added that six insurgents were killed and more than 10 others were wounded during a three-hour battle with Afghan forces. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 government soldiers in the latest Iran denies the accusation. The attack underlined the struggle Afghan security forces face in confronting the insurgents, who have steadily extended their control in

Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 government soldiers in the latest assault likely to The attack underlined the struggle Afghan security forces face in confronting the insurgents, who have steadily extended their control in the countryside

Taliban attack Afghan government post near Iran border, killing 20 troops© REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb/Files A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard next to damaged army vehicles after a Taliban attack in Ghazni city, Afghanistan August 15, 2018.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 government soldiers in the latest assault likely to compound fears that the security forces are facing an unsustainable casualty toll.

Sparsely populated Farah, on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds of police and soldiers killed. The Taliban threatened to seize the provincial capital in May.

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber struck outside the country’s largest prison on the edge of the capital, Kabul, killing seven people.

Fighting raged Tuesday between Taliban militants and Afghan government forces for control of a provincial capital near the Iranian border , local officials said, in a confrontation shaping up as a stern test of U.S Government troops fought Tuesday to clear militants from the provincial capital of Farah.

Iran ’s border guards have long fought drug traffickers crossing from Afghanistan , but Iran ’s Revolutionary Guards and the Taliban have both benefited from the illicit trade, exacting dues from traffickers. The main purpose of Mullah Mansour’s trips to Iran was tactical coordination, according to

In the latest violence in the province, the insurgents assaulted the border post manned by about 50 Afghan government soldiers before dawn, officials in the area said.

At least 20 soldiers were known to have been killed, several wounded and the others were missing, said a senior military officer who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to media.

"Hours after the attack, we lost contact with the base and we still do not know the whereabouts of the remaining soldiers," the officer said.

The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and overthrow the Western-backed Kabul government, claimed responsibility saying they had captured the base, killed 30 soldiers and seized weapons and ammunition.

Some officials in Farah have accused Iran, which the United States says is trying to extend its influence in western Afghanistan, of providing the insurgents with money and weapons. Iran denies the accusation.

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board An Afghan army helicopter has crashed in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 people on board, including the deputy corps commander of the western zone.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Dozens of soldiers were killed on Friday when Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers in military uniforms stormed an Afghan Army But Ahmad Javid Salim, a spokesman for the Afghan Army’s commando forces who was at the scene of the attack , said at least 20 Afghan Army

The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing insurgency. Government forces killed 45 insurgents and wounded

The attack underlined the struggle Afghan security forces face in confronting the insurgents, who have steadily extended their control in the countryside, even though the government holds all provincial centers.

On Monday, the militants captured an important security post outside the central city of Ghazni, killing 13 members of government forces and underscoring their vulnerability even in areas where defenses have been bolstered.

More than 17 years after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban regime, Afghan forces are dying in record numbers with Afghan and U.S. officials warning that the casualty rate is not sustainable.

In September alone, more than 500 Afghan soldiers were killed and hundreds wounded, the Defence Ministry said.

Tentative steps toward peace talks between the Taliban and the United States have had no impact on the level of attacks.

The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Taliban leaders in Qatar last month. The Taliban will also join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia this week.

(Reporting by Jalil Ahmad Rezaee in Herat, Mohammad Stanekzai in Helmand; Writing by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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