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Afghan government sends in commandos as Taliban surround Afghan city

The Afghan government flew hundreds of commandos into Qala-I-Naw, in northwestern Badghis province, the first regional capital to face all-out violence by the Taliban since the US withdrew its troops.  With the US pullout “90 percent complete”, according to the Pentagon, the insurgents have launched an intense campaign to get control of new…

Afghan Minister says the forces can hold their own

Afghanistan’s interior minister Masoud Andarabi said that Afghan security forces can stand their ground even if US troops withdraw. The comment came as a reaction to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s warning issued in a sharply worded letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last weekend.  “The Afghan security forces are fully capable of…