Afghan Forces Suffer Heavy Losses In Northwest Battle Against The Taliban

Captured Afghan soldiers (Taliban Twitter account)

France 24: Afghanistan forces suffer heavy loss against Taliban in northwest battle

A Taliban assault on checkpoints killed 22 troops, officials said Sunday, as at least 50 Afghan security forces surrendered to the militants and around 100 tried to flee to neighbouring Turkmenistan after heavy fighting in Afghanistan’s northwest.

The battles mark the latest setbacks for the country's battered security forces, who come under daily attack and have suffered staggering casualties in recent years.

The attacks have continued even as the Taliban have been holding direct negotiations with the United States aimed at ending the 17-year war, with both sides citing progress.

Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, head of provincial council in the northern Faryab province, said the insurgents launched the latest attack late Saturday against checkpoints manned by police and pro-government militias in Qaisar district, setting off a fierce gun battle that lasted into Sunday morning. The army sent in reinforcements, who were among those killed.

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More News On Reports Of Heavy Afghan Losses

Afghan Troops Go Missing After Fleeing Battle with Taliban --
Taliban routs Afghan forces in western Afghan district -- Long War Journal
Afghan troops killed and captured in Taliban attacks -- Al Jazeera
Dozens killed by Taliban in N Afghanistan -- CGTN
Taliban Capture About 150 Afghan Soldiers After Chase Into Turkmenistan -- The New York Times
Dozens Of Afghan Soldiers Killed By Taliban As Government Suffers Setbacks -- RFE
Afghanistan: More than 20 troops killed as Taliban insurgents attack checkpoints -- SKY News
The Taliban captured 150 Afghan soldiers as they tried to flee the country -- Task & Purpose

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