Afghan soldiers are seen on a rural road during a foot patrol ©Roberto Schmidt (AFP/File)
Reuters: Taliban attack Afghan provincial center, cut highway
Taliban fighters on Wednesday cut the highway linking the Afghan capital to the southern city of Kandahar, following an attack on the main town of Wardak province to the west of Kabul, officials said.
The attack on Maidan Shahr, about 45 km (28 miles) from the capital, follows a series of assaults on provincial capitals in recent months as Taliban militants step up their insurgency aimed at toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Fighting was continuing just outside the town, and the main highway was blocked, said Abdul Rahman Mangal, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
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Afghanistan War News Updates -- October 26, 2016
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