Taliban attack kills 19 Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:54am EST

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban attacked an army outpost in eastern Kunar province early on Sunday, the Afghan government said, killing 19 soldiers in what appeared to be the most deadly assault on security forces in months.

Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi, in a posting on his Twitter feed, said 19 soldiers were killed, and two wounded, in Kunar's Ghaziabad district.

Abdul Ghani Musamem, spokesman for the provincial governor, said seven soldiers were captured by the Taliban in the attack in a remote, mountainous area near the border with Pakistan.

He said Afghan forces had launched an operation to try to free the captured soldiers. The Defence Ministry did not immediately confirm the report of captured soldiers.

In a statement provided to media organizations, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

(Reporting By Mohammad Anwar, Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Missy Ryan; Editing by Robert Birsel and Ron Popeski)

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Comments (5)
lkfman wrote:
Just get our troops out of there. Karzai does nothing but complain about the US there, let him deal with it on his own.

Feb 23, 2014 2:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
marinesnake wrote:
the dump gov of afghan let Taliban prisoner let them all go they let them all out so they could make peace with the Taliban they dont want peace they want war they have nothing to do they like war without war they get bored get want you deserve more war

Feb 23, 2014 4:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cplandman wrote:
Is hamid karzai going to be as vile and nasty to the taliban for killing afghans as he is the USA? I’ll bet not. He is in the taliban’s pocket and is trying to win the war for them by tying the hands of our soldiers and his.

Feb 23, 2014 5:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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