Dozens Dead After Taliban Ambush On Afghan Government Forces

Dozens have been killed after Taliban militants ambushed Afghan security forces in the western province of Farah, sparking an hourslong gunbattle.  Farid Bakhtawar, head of the provincial council, said eight special forces and 10 police officers were killed in a predawn attack by the Taliban in the Bala Buluk district on Saturday.  Bakhtawar said some 40 Taliban militants were also killed in the battle, which lasted about five hours.  He said airstrikes were called in to support Afghan security forces.  Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said only four members of the Afghan special forces had been killed and a number wounded.  Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujhaid claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Bala Buluk district on Feb. 24. On Feb. 20, Taliban attacks on police checkpoints in Farah killed eight police officers. The provincial government said 13...


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