Clashes kill dozens in E Afghanistan

Afghan security forces conduct a large-scale security operation in an area of Afghanistan (file photo).

Violent clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants have claimed the lives of 22 Afghan police and dozens of militants in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, security sources say.

According to Afghan officials, the fighting began as hundreds of militants ambushed a police and military convoy in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar Province. The attacked convoy was returning from an operation to rescue a politician being threatened by the Taliban.

Eyewitnesses and local residents say the intense battle continued for five hours.

The militant group claims at least 54 government soldiers and only five of its members were killed in the fierce fighting.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their new “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan. The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks and bomb attacks.

There has been a surge in the number of militantsâ„¢ assaults against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians in the war-torn country in recent months. US-led troops and Afghan forces are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

Over a decade of the costly US-led war in Afghanistan has failed to end militancy in the country and the US, which has thousands of troops on the ground in Afghanistan, is now trying to sit down for talks with Taliban militants.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.

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Republished from: Press TV