Taliban terrorists killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections.
At least 10 policemen were killed in clashes with the Taliban in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said on Sunday, amid fighting to wrest control of arterial highways a day after the militant group blew up bridges.
The Taliban have destroyed a number of bridges and have set up checkpoints in Ghazni province in a bid to gain control over a vital highway linking Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul to the southern areas of the country.
A Taliban attack on a military outpost in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan on Wednesday killed up to 44 Afghan police and soldiers, provincial officials said, as the insurgents kept up pressure on government forces.
Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians, the defense minister said Monday.
Afghan officials said security forces were in control of the eastern city of Ghazni on Saturday, more than a day after Taliban terrorists launched a major onslaught on the provincial capital and as reinforcements continued a clearance operation targeting the terrorists.
Heavily armed Taliban terrorists attacked the strategic central Afghan city of Ghazni on Friday, burning police checkpoints and seizing control of parts of the center before being driven back, officials said.
US officials have met their Taliban counterparts at least twice in the past three months, according to intermediaries who helped set up the meetings, as Washington looks to reboot talks that could finally end America’s longest war.