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U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds

24 Mar 2019

KUNDUZ/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan U.S. air strikes in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed about a dozen civilians on Saturday, local officials said, as battle intensified there and in southern Helmand province.

Taliban claims deadly attack on Afghan stadium celebration

23 Mar 2019

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan An attack claimed by the Taliban killed four people and wounded 31 on Saturday during a celebration in the Afghan city of Lashkar Gah.

Thirty Afghan civilians killed in U.S. air strike, officials say

28 Nov 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan At least 30 Afghan civilians were killed in U.S. air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks.

Taliban emerge from hiding to battle Afghan forces in city near Iran

17 May 2018

HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters emerged from hiding in the dead of night to launch attacks in the Afghan city of Farah, battling government forces who thought they had cleared out the insurgents following heavy clashes earlier in the week, residents and officials said.

Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government

16 May 2018

HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the centre of the western city of Farah on Tuesday, as Afghan forces with U.S. air support battled to force them back, officials and residents said.

As Afghan forces squeeze in Helmand, Taliban focus shifts

30 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Last week, the Afghan air force dropped its first laser-guided missile on a Taliban compound in Farah, the western Afghan province that has seen increasing fighting since the beginning of the year.

Afghan women launch rare protest for peace in Taliban stronghold

29 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Dozens of peace activists, including women, have set up tents in the Afghan province of Helmand, after a car bomb killed more than a dozen people outside a sports stadium last week.

Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

23 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.

Afghan forces battle to win back district centre

12 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghan forces backed by air strikes battled on Monday to recapture a district centre in the western province of Farah, after Taliban fighters seized the town in an overnight attack that killed several policeman, regional officials said.

More than 20 killed in attacks in Afghanistan

24 Feb 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. | Video

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