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Taliban Attack Kills 17 Afghan Forces in Northeast

A pre-dawn Taliban attack in northeastern Afghanistan has killed at least 17 government security forces and wounded many more.   The fighting erupted in the mountainous Khawaja Ghar district of Takhar province where insurgents assaulted an Afghan army base.   District chief Mohammad Omar told VOA scores of insurgents from the Taliban's so-called "Red Army" commando unit staged a surprise attack on the base and surrounding security posts. Afghan soldiers and...

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