Sunday, May 21, 2017

Taliban Launches Multiple Attacks In Afghanistan

RFE: Militants Attack Afghan Forces In South As Gunmen Storm Kabul Guesthouse

Afghan officials say militants attacked several checkpoints in the country’s south, killing at least 20 security forces, as gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the capital, Kabul, killing a foreign aid worker and a local security guard.

Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Zabul Province, said on May 21 that the battles began late the previous day when dozens of Taliban fighters launched coordinated attacks on security posts in the Shah Joy district.

He said at least 10 other security forces, including national and local police officers, were wounded.

Seyal said the Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attacks, also fired mortar rounds on the provincial capital, Qalat.

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Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 21, 2017

German woman killed and Afghan guard beheaded in Kabul -- BBC
German and Afghan killed, Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul -- AFP
German woman, Afghan guard killed in Kabul guesthouse attack -- Washington Post
German NGO worker killed in Kabul amid multiple attacks by Taliban -- RT
Taliban Attempt to Take Afghan City From Three Sides -- VOA
Afghan Taliban launch three-pronged assault on Ghazni city -- Swiss Info/Reuters
ANA artillery units pound Taliban hideouts in Ghazni, leaving scores dead -- Khaama Press

Twenty policemen, dozens of Taliban killed in Shah Joi -- Al Jazeera
Taliban raid kills 20 policemen in southern Afghanistan -- AFP
20 policemen killed during clashes with Taliban in South of Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Police Suffer Heavy Casualties in Zabul Clashes -- Tolo News
A surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police and spotlights security failures -- L.A. Times
Attack on bank kills 8, wounds 31 in Afghanistan's Gardez city -- Xinhuanet
6 dead in ISIS attack on TV station in Afghanistan -- CNN
The US Plan to Give Afghanistan a Fleet of Black Hawks Is Deeply Flawed -- The Drive
Time for a surge in Afghanistan -- Michael O’Hanlon, USA Today
What should the US' next move be in Afghanistan? -- Omar Samad, Al Jazeera

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