Over 170 militants killed in Afghanistan over past day

Larry Hoffman
March 13, 2018

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.

Mr Dadullah Qani, a member of the Farah provincial council, said Taleban fighters stormed Anardarah district, which used to be a safe area, and overran a number of government compounds in the district centre early on Monday.

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The assault is the latest in a series of attacks in the province, which is situated on the border with Iran and is one of the poorest in Afghanistan.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 15 police officers were killed and several military vehicles seized along with a large quantity of ammunition.

Head of the provincial council Fared Bakhtawar said today that seven army commandos and eight policemen were among those killed in Bala Buluk district.

"We sent more troops to the district and also called in air power to take part in ongoing fighting to halt the Taleban's progress", Mr Mehri said.

Khogyani said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack in Bati Kot district.

The victims are all members of a single family, Khogyani added.

The development came as insurgent attacks against security forces have stepped up across Afghanistan, including in Farah province.

Years have passed since the time when, years into the war, US military and civilian officials heatedly debated "counterinsurgency" as contrasted with "counterterrorism", distinctions that now seem less than crucial.

Those among the killed were nine members of the Afghan Special Operations Forces, according to the report.

Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency.

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