Afghanistan rocked by deadly attacks after USA airstrike kills Taliban leaders

31 May, 2018, 21:01 | Author: Angel Logan
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A wounded Afghan girl, Seweeta Saberi, 17, receives treatment at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital after militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the Interior Ministry in Kabul on May 30, 2018.

A spokesman for the ministry, Najib Danesh, said eight suicide bombers were involved in the attack, which began with a auto bombing outside the compound.

Army spokesman Abdul Qadeir Bahadorzai said the early morning operation on May 31 freed 103 people held in two prisons run by the Taliban in Kajaki district.

No group immediately asserted responsibility for the strike, which occurred three weeks after a group of Taliban fighters and sympathizers of the Islamic State separately staged two complex attacks on two police stations in Kabul.

Meanwhile, also in Helmand, a district governor says a suicide vehicle bomber wounded six people, including three policemen, on Thursday morning.

It was a rare victory for Afghan security forces, who have struggled to secure the capital in recent months amid relentless attacks by the Taliban and the IS affiliate in Afghanistan. "There are guards on 24 hours a day", she said.

"Violence and progress can coexist, and that's what we're seeing", he said.

"The attackers had long hair and started shooting at police force members", said Mohammad Salim, a police soldier. While the strike by an artillery rocket system would disrupt Taliban operations, it would not necessarily mean any interruption to the fighting, he said.

"This was a civilian residential area, which had no connection with the Taliban", spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said in a statement. "Also a change in US tactics ... more targeted strikes, special operation raids, etc., is likely to be driven by the conditions on the ground", he said.

US officials have sought to compel the Taliban to enter peace talks by increasing the military pressure on them. "We were told to stay inside our offices as the compound was attacked", said one ministry employee.

Gen. Miller's extensive operational and command experience in Afghanistan, going back to when the Army Special Forces officer led the Obama-era Afghanistan-Pakistan Coordination Cell at the Pentagon in 2009, makes the special operations veteran a good fit to usher in the Trump era of the longest war in US history, some defense analysts say.

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