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Taliban Make Further Gains in Afghan North

KABUL, Aug 20 – The Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said. Fighting has sharply escalated in Afghanistan since the insurgency started spreading from its traditional strongholds in the south

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Afghan Air Force Needs More Pilots, As Well As More Planes

By Josh Smith and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Aug 16 – The Afghan air force is limited not only by its size. Despite numbering only 130 aircraft, there are not enough pilots and crews to fly them all. The shortage is hampering Afghan security forces’ ability to fight Taliban militants, who are once again gaining territory

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Taliban Capture Key District in Afghan North

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Aug 15 – Taliban insurgents, seeking to force the NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in Islamic law, captured a key district in the northern province of Baghlan away after days of fighting, officials said on Monday. Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as the Taliban insurgency spreads from its traditional strongholds in

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Afghan Forces’ Casualties Climbing in 2016, Top US Commander Says

KABUL, July 10 – Afghan forces are suffering rising levels of battlefield casualties this year after unprecedented numbers of police and soldiers were killed and wounded in 2015, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said. U.S. Army General John Nicholson, in some of his first remarks since the United States last week scaled back its

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