Taliban Kill Dozens of Afghan Forces as Disputed Peace Talks Open

The Taliban is reported to have killed up to 40 government troops in separate attacks in northern Afghanistan as a controversial "intra-Afghan dialogue” began Tuesday in Moscow to debate a political resolution to the war. The deadliest of the insurgent raids occurred early Tuesday near the provincial capital of Kunduz, officials and residents said. Safiullah Amiri, the deputy chairman of the provincial council, told Afghan media the attack killed at least 25 soldiers and three policemen while 20 others were wounded. The clashes lasted two hours, he added. Defense Ministry officials in Kabul have confirmed the early morning “large scale” attack by the Taliban, saying it was swiftly repulsed, killing 22 assailants and injuring many more. They admitted Afghan forces suffered casualties but would not reveal any figures.............................

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