At least 24 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Nellie Chapman
March 12, 2018

The deadly attack was carried out by Taliban militants Friday night in Farah Rod area of Bala Buluk district, northeastern of the provincial capital Farah city, the report quoted Farid Bakhtawar, chairman of the provincial council, as saying.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed after Taliban attacked their outpost in western province of Farah overnight, local Ariana News TV reported on Saturday. The Taliban released pictures that appeared to show fighters in the town, where skirmishes were taking place on Monday.

Insurgent attacks against security forces have increased recently in Farah.

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The United States a year ago stepped up its military assistance to Afghanistan, notably through a sharp increase in air strikes, with the aim of breaking a stalemate with the insurgents and forcing them to the negotiating table.

In a message posted on Twitter, he said 53 commandos had been killed or wounded after arriving in Tapa Sadat, close to the Bala Buluk district center, and a sizable quantity of weapons seized. Afghan and US commanders have been relatively upbeat about the course of the war since US President Donald Trump announced a new and more robust military strategy previous year, with more air strikes and greater support for Afghan forces.

This comes after a major air and ground operation was launched by reinforcements. The US military's latest estimates from December show the Afghan government controls or has influence over 56% of districts, with insurgents controlling or contesting the rest.

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