Dozens Of Afghan Soldiers' Bodies Found After Taliban Attack

Taliban Launch Major Attack On Afghan City Casualties Officials

Taliban Launch Major Attack On Afghan City Casualties Officials

After a day of intense fighting, Afghan commandos and United States air strikes drove the group to the outskirts of the city.

The Taliban launched a massive offensive in Afghanistan's Ghazni city on Friday amid reports of multiple casualties even as heavy fighting continued between the government forces and militants. The road from Kabul to Afghanistan's southern provinces was also closed because it runs through Ghazni.

Hameedullah Nawroz, a member of the Ghazni provincial council, said Friday that while Afghan forces had pushed most insurgents out, some were still hiding inside homes and buildings in the city and shooting at local forces.

The Afghan Defense Ministry also told AP that one of its helicopters had crashed during the fighting but it was not clear if it had been shot down. "There has not been a single minute of silence for the last eight hours", said a senior government official in Ghazni.

Dead bodies of Taliban fighters remained on the street after the exchange, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Mashal told the Associated Press news agency.

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To hold onto the city in the fierce, daylong fighting, Afghan forces had to call in reinforcements as well as USA air power, including helicopter gunships, fighter jets and a drone strike. As many as 140 Afghan soldiers and police had been killed and large quantities of weapons and equipment had been seized, he said.

The assault on a major population center was one of the group's most ambitious military moves in years, and was further evidence that a violent stalemate between the government and the Taliban persists. "The whole city is under the control of Afghan forces", Brig.

The Taliban are fighting the Western-backed government to restore their version of sharia, or Islamic law, after they were driven out by US -led forces in 2001.

Police special forces have also been deployed to help block the Taliban advance, an Afghan security official said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed parts of the city had been seized and scores of people killed.

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"We have discovered and transported 40 bodies from the area, so far", district governor Faiz Mohammad said, adding that a number of security forces were still missing.

The Taliban are fighting the Western-backed government to restore their version of sharia, or Islamic law, after they were driven out by US-led forces in 2001.

The Afghan government had unilaterally called off a ceasefire with the militant group that it had in place for Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

As the USA and Taliban explore the next round of direct talks, attacks like the one Friday on Ghazni are a reminder of the pressure faced by Afghanistan's security forces.

However, there are tentative signs that diplomatic efforts to bring the insurgents to the table for peace talks may be starting to bear fruit.

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