Taliban kill 13 police in attack on checkpoint, says Afghan official
The Taliban killed 13 police in an attack on a checkpoint early today in the northern Kunduz province, an official said.
Kabul: The Taliban killed 13 police in an attack on a checkpoint early today in the northern Kunduz province, an official said.
Hayatullah Ameri, chief of the Khan Abad district, near where the attack took place, says only one policeman escaped the battle alive.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the attack.
Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a counter-terrorism and support role.
A wave of attacks this month targeting security forces across the country has killed more than 200 people.
The Taliban have suggested they have changed, including in their attitudes toward women. However, women have been banned from sports and the Taliban have used violence in recent days against women protesters demanding equal rights.
Given the results, the 20-year war in Afghanistan was not worth the cost, said Karl Eikenberry, a former commander in Afghanistan
Kabul airport was left trashed after foreign forces completed their chaotic withdrawal on 30 August, evacuating more than 120,000 people from the country.