Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Taliban attack on Afghan military outpost kills dozens

Taliban attack on Afghan military outpost kills dozens

Earlier on Wednesday, local officials said at least nine policemen and 35 soldiers were killed in an attack on their base in the northern province of Baghlan, the latest of a series that has killed dozens of members of the security forces nationwide.

Provincial authorities announced Tuesday afternoon that insurgents had been evicted from much of Ghazni and clearing operations were underway on the city's outskirts.

Mattis told reporters Tuesday during a visit to Brazil and Argentina that the fighting in Ghazni was continuing, five days after the Taliban overwhelmed defenses and pushed deep into the city, which is the capital of the province with the same name.

Afghan volunteers carry a dead body on a stretcher to a hospital.

Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry says the casualty toll from the suicide bombing that struck a Shiite neighborhood in Kabul has risen to 48 dead and 67 wounded.

"The ministry of interior and the ministry of defense are responsible in this respect, we always suggested that the current structure of security forces does not meet the requirements of Ghazni in view of Ghazni's territory and security climate", he said.

An Afghan family, who have escaped from the volatile city of Ghazni province, are seen at a checkpoint in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 13, 2018.

The Taliban have not claimed a major assault in Kabul for weeks.

The resurgent Taliban carry out near-daily attacks against Afghan security forces, who have struggled to combat the insurgency since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

The head of the United Nations children's agency says children continue to be hardest hit in the growing violence across Afghanistan and is calling the latest attack on a Shiite class in Kabul which killed or critically wounded dozens of children "deplorable". It comes before another cease-fire was expected to start next week to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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Kandahar was the religious heartland of the Taliban during their five-year rule that ended with the 2001 invasion by US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces following the 9-11 attacks in the United States.

"The Taliban's main focus is within Afghanistan, seizing power within the country", he added. Washington neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but acknowledged Wells was in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain an office.

In the 1990s, they had to contend with the brutal rule of the Taliban.

"The Taliban, who falsely and repeatedly claim that they do not target civilians, have executed innocents, destroyed homes, burned a market and created the conditions for a potential humanitarian crisis with this attack", O'Donnell said.

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It would also be the most important strategic victory for the Taliban since they lost control of the country after the 2001 USA invasion.

Losing Ghazni to the Taliban would essentially cut Afghanistan in half, closing its second-busiest trade route.

The fighting has brought civilian life to a standstill, with most residents sheltering indoors. At the height of the troop surge ordered by former U.S. President Barack Obama, thousands of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops were deployed in the city and province, including more than 2,500 from Poland.

The city, which serves as a gateway to Kabul, nearly fell to the insurgents after a major onslaught that sparked five days of intense fighting.

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