Taliban attack Afghanistan checkpoints, kills 20 policemen

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Kandahar police said that Taliban ambushed security forces check posts in Zhari and Maiwand districts.

He said 45 militants were killed and 35 other injured in the fighting.

Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday.

"A terrorist riding an explosive-laden auto parked it alongside a road in Dand district and blew it up next to a military convoy of foreign forces today afternoon", the official told Xinhua.

The attack on the U.S. military convoy in Kandahar added to the casualty toll.

USA troops are in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Our forces resisted until they received reinforcements and air support", said Zia Durrani, spokesperson for Kandahar's police chief.

The tactic was used multiple times last month with devastating effect: hundreds were killed and wounded over a bloody few days that left military bases and police headquarters destroyed or severely damaged.

The insurgents often exaggerate battlefield casualties.

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on 25 August 2017.

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