Taliban attack kills dozens of soldiers in Kandahar

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Around 43 Afghan forces have been killed after two suicide bombers with Humvees targeted a military base in Maiwand district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Officials said the Taliban carried out two suicide vehicle bombings at the camp, setting off several hours of fighting that began late Wednesday. It set of hours of fighting, killing at least 43 soldiers.

A spokesperson said that another nine were wounded and six unaccounted for.

In the past three days, three deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban against Afghan security forces - in Paktia, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces - have claimed the lives of well over 100 security force members and wounded dozens more.

At least nine Taliban were also reported killed.

As the Taliban overran districts in the south of the country, and then briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in 2015 and then again a year ago, officials expressed concern that they might deploy the army and police vehicles they took with them in future operations against the Afghan forces.

The group also launched two attacks elsewhere that killed 15 people.

In recent months, the Taliban have been attacking Afghan security forces on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

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Qari Yosuf Ahmadi, spokesman for the Taliban in the south of Afghanistan, has claimed the latest attack.

Local media report increasing numbers of drone attacks in the past week.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency for a decade and a half in an attempt to overthrow the government in Kabul.

However, for that to happen, Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil, said Pompeo.

President Donald Trump has reiterated longstanding US accusations that Pakistan turns a blind eye to militant groups that launch attacks in Afghanistan from within its territory, allegations denied by Islamabad.

Pompeo said in a speech at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, that the U.S.

Both the USA and Afghanistan are putting pressure on Pakistan to crack down on the militant group, Glass reported.

Khorasani had a background that reads like a history of Pakistani militancy.

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