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In what appears to be one of the worst massacres of Afghan forces in a protracted and forgotten war, at least 100 were killed when the Taliban fighters opened fire on them from all directions as they tried to flee through the agreed-upon retreat route ...
The attack in the Afghan capital marked unraveling security as the resurgent Taliban continued to pressure Afghan forces, with hundreds of commandos sent to reinforce the provincial capital Lashkar Gah in the south.

Afghan forces have killed more than two dozen Taliban militants and injured score others in the eastern Ghazni province over the past four days, spokesman for provincial government Jawed Salangi said.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction said in a letter to DoD that there are gaps between the number of assigned Afghan forces and the actual head count of persons in service, Phillip Wellman wrote. SIGAR asked DoD for an update ...
Kabul, Afghanistan - U.S. forces say they have conducted roughly two dozen airstrikes in support of Afghan Security Forces who have been fighting for a week to clear Taliban insurgents from the embattled northern city of Kunduz.
Kabul, Afghanistan - As Afghan forces struggle to break a weeklong Taliban siege of central neighborhoods in the provincial capital of Kunduz, insurgents are also stepping up pressure on urban centers in western and southern Afghanistan, officials ...

Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani militant linked to a number of high-profile attacks was killed in a joint Afghan-U.S.
Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that five crew members and three army soldiers were killed in the crash.
The Taliban often exaggerate claims about attacks on Afghan government targets, as well as against the NATO-led coalition assisting Afghan forces. More than 100 soldiers have been besieged for almost a week in the west of Baghlan Province while ...
Eight Afghan Army soldiers were killed early Sunday morning when a military helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan Province, officials said.
A graduate of Larkin high school in Elgin was killed after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while on patrol with Afghan forces in a province bordering Pakistan, Pentagon and local school officials said. Larkin High school teachers ...
Following the successful Brussels Summit for Afghanistan that secured $15.2 billion in funding till 2020, Afghan forces are still trying to clear out pockets of resistance in Kunduz City after an attack by Taliban forces on Monday that briefly saw the ...
The insurgents launched an assault on Kunduz on Monday, triggering intense fighting with Afghan forces backed by NATO and sending frightened residents fleeing to other cities including the capital.
Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan forces backed by U.S. air power battled Tuesday to push back Taliban fighters in Kunduz after militants seized some areas in the northern city as part of wider offensives flaring across the country.
Kabul (Reuters) - Afghan forces regained control of most of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday amid sporadic fighting, officials said, as questions arose over how Taliban militants once again managed to penetrate the city's defences.
Taliban fighters, seeking to reimpose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, remained in several areas of the city but Afghan forces had made progress, he said. "We have received reinforcement and have air support," Jangalbagh said. "More then 25 enemies ...
Fighting continued on the outskirts of Kunduz Tuesday as some frightened residents fled the city a day after the Taliban launched an hours-long assault that was repelled by Afghan forces backed by NATO. Helicopters hovered over the strategic provincial ...

General Cleveland said the American forces had not carried out airstrikes directly on the city but "had one air-to-ground engagement via a helicopter this morning in the west of the city," adding that the helicopter dropped off Afghan forces to join ...
Kunduz, Afghanistan, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Afghan forces fought to regain control of the northern city of Kunduz on Monday after Taliban fighters pushed into the centre of the provincial capital they had briefly captured almost exactly a year ago in their ...
Ghazni, Afghanistan (Xinhua) - Clashes between security forces and Taleban militants in the eastern Ghazni province left 11 armed insurgents dead and injured nine others on Saturday night, a senior army officer in the province General Nizamudin Khanjar ...
Meanwhile tens of thousands of Taliban are on the offensive in the countryside, threatening to overrun several provincial towns and staging huge bombings here in the capital.
Five Afghan soldiers and a police officer have been killed in error after an air strike carried out by an Afghan military helicopter in the western Farah province.
The US airstrike was called by military personnel in the Bala Buluk district to provide support against terrorists but resulted in a friendly fire incident due to errors in the information provided, according to Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dowlat ...
... civil war in the 1990s. Hezb-e Islami has also carried out deadly attacks against U.S. and Afghan forces since the U.S.
But the fighters have steadily lost territory in recent months because of stepped-up US air strikes and a ground campaign by Afghan forces in Nangarhar. They are confined to two or three districts including Achin, according to Afghan and US officials.
The U.S. military has a dual mission in Afghanistan of counterterrorism and training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban.
First of all, this year is the second year that Afghan forces are fighting the insurgents with very little assistance from the international forces.
The incident occurred just after midnight on the outskirts of Kunduz City, which was briefly captured by the Taliban last year in a blow to Afghan forces. "The two soldiers fled after killing 12 sleeping colleagues in the Zakhil Khoman area of Kunduz ...
In fact, they had been doing just that: Incidents of Afghan forces turning their weapons on American and NATO troops were rising at an alarming rate.
The Afghan Defence Ministry launched an investigation into Monday night's incident. "We have sent a team to the area to investigate the matter," General Dawlat Wazir, the spokesman for the ministry of defence said.
However, he insisted that border management would be most effective when Pakistani efforts were also matched by the Afghan forces. "Combing operations and intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in the country - particularly near the bordering areas ...
More than 100 detainees, including security personnel and civilians, were set free Monday from a Talian detention center in the restive Helmand province.
Regional military spokesman Shreen Aqa confirmed to VOA that IS militants have returned to parts of the troubled districts, but said Afghan forces are preparing to undertake a fresh offensive for their eviction. Afghanistan's National army soldier ...
A leading Pakistani Taliban commander has been killed by special forces in eastern Afghanistan, the militants say. Azam Tariq died in Paktika Province, near Pakistan's border.
Many government troops have died following Taliban raids on their checkpoints, where they have been able to overwhelm the poorly-trained, poorly-equipped and poorly-led Afghan forces, the general said. "This is a positive in the sense of the majority ...
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) prevented a mined vehicle suicide attack in southeastern Paktika Province, the Ministry of Interior said in a press release on Sunday.
US and Afghan forces have conducted multiple raids against al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan over the past year. In addition to the operation against the al Qaeda camp in Shorabak, Gen.
Several police checkpoints on the highway have fallen to the Taliban, but U.S. bombers have been aiding Afghan forces. If the Taliban efforts succeed, even temporarily, analysts say that would be a significant defeat for the Afghan government, giving ...
He could prove to be a destabilizing force for the weak and divided national unity government in Kabul. He has also previously supported al-Qaeda and carried out deadly attacks against U.S.
Hekmatyar's forces were accused by rights groups of gross human rights violations during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, and they have carried out deadly attacks against U.S.
They interviewed a number of civilians, most of whom are in a state of despair and war-weary, as Helmand province has been in a state of flux since the beginning of the war in Aghanistan - control has teeter-tottered between the Taliban and Afghan ...
In Kabul, NATO confirmed that two raids took place on Sunday in support of Afghan forces that were threatened by attackers.
However, the local Afghan forces were unable to gain the upper hand against the Taliban or even make appreciable progress against the insurgency.
After NATO ended its military mission in Afghanistan in 2014 and handed over security responsibilities to Afghan forces, the Taliban and other insurgent groups intensified their fight against the government in Kabul.
Afghan forces, aided by U.S. bombers, reportedly intensified attacks on remote mountainous IS positions Tuesday. More than two dozen IS fighters were killed in air raids in the Achin and Kot districts, according to a spokesperson for the provincial ...
Flags fly on top of homes in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, signaling that Afghan National Security Forces have cleared the area of insurgents and weapons during Operation Chamtoo in December 2013.
Afghan forces killed 33 gunmen of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group were killed late Monday during air raids over the organization strongholds in Atshin and Koot, east of Afghanistan.
"We don't have any further information on who those individuals might have been or why they were attacking (Afghan) forces. US, coalition, and Afghan forces have the right to self-defence, and in this case were responding to an immediate threat.".
The NATO command centre in Kabul confirmed US warplanes had conducted an air strike in the area, but said they targeted individuals posing a threat to Afghan forces. "US forces conducted two air strikes against individuals firing on... our Afghan ...
Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS): At least 18 Taliban fighters were killed by Afghan security forces in the country's Kunduz province, an army spokesman said on Friday.


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