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US, Afghanistan launch air strikes as Taliban attack Farah

KABUL: US and Afghan aircraft Tuesday bombed Taliban positions in the western city of Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital, with fearful residents seeking shelter from explosions and gunfire. The attack -- the first major assault targeting a city since the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive -- began around midnight, with the militants capturing one urban district and parts of another, said local provincial council member Jamila Amini. "Heavy fighting…

At least 18 Afghan soldiers killed in Farah fighting

LASHKAR GAH: As many as 18 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday. Taliban fighters attacked troops assembled to prepare an attack in Bala Buluk district in the night, setting off a fierce battle, officials said. Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said four members of the special forces had been killed and a number wounded, but the head of the local provincial council, Farid Bakhtawar, said the death toll…

Eleven policemen killed in attack in Afghan province

KABUL: At least eleven policemen were killed when a check post was attacked early Saturday morning in Farah province, Afghan media reported.  The attacked reportedly took place at around 3 A.M. in Shamalgah area of Farah city when suspected militants attacked and killed eleven policeman and wounded another. Farah police Chief Toryalai Abdali confirmed the attack but said that three police were killed and four were wounded in the attack. He said the attack was carried out by Taliban who fled the scene after the…