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Here Come the Taliban Drones - The Diplomat

On October 22, Reuters reported that the Taliban had filmed a suicide attack in Helmand, Afghanistan's largest province, with a small drone. An aerial video showed the insurgents deploying a car bomb against a police station in Nawa-i-Barakzayi, a ...and more »

2 US Soldiers and 30 Afghans Killed in Kunduz Battle - New York Times

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Two American soldiers and more than 30 Afghans were killed Thursday in the midst of heavy fighting around the northern provincial capital of Kunduz, officials and local residents said. The soldiers who died brought the number of ...and more »

The Schools of the Taliban - The Diplomat

Two years ago, the Taliban paid a visit to 13-year-old Jamal's* school in the northern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan. His village had been taken over by the insurgents. “They spoke with the school's principal and a few teachers about the curriculum ...and more »

Afghan civilians killed in NATO air strike in Kunduz - Aljazeera.com

At least 30 civilians, including women, children and babies, have been killed and dozens wounded in a NATO air strike in the northern province of Kunduz, Afghan officials have said. The air raids on Thursday were in support of US and Afghan forces ...and more »

2 US Service Members Killed In Afghanistan - NPR

Two U.S. service members were killed after taking fire in Afghanistan, the NATO says. They were part of a group of military personnel working to assist Afghan partners in an attack on the Taliban, NATO said in a statement. Two other U.S. service ...and more »

Thirty civilians die in airstrike called to protect US and Afghan troops - The Guardian

As many as 30 civilians were killed in an airstrike on Thursday morning called in to protect US and Afghan troops involved in heavy fighting with the Taliban near Kunduz. The airstrike, requested after two US service members were killed, had been meant ...and more »

NATO and government forces are increasingly responsible for Afghan civilian deaths - Washington Post

This year is well on its way to be the deadliest for Afghan civilians since the United Nations mission there began documenting those numbers seven years ago. An incident Thursday is a particularly tragic example of how more and more of those deaths are ...and more »

Analysis: US military assessment of Taliban control of Afghan districts is flawed - Long War Journal

The US military says that the Taliban “influences” at least 25 of Afghanistan's 407 districts and controls only 8 more. The numbers are at odds with an assessment by The Long War Journal of Taliban control in Afghanistan. The US military's estimate ...and more »

Woes mount for beleaguered Afghan security forces - Daily Mail

As Afghan military forces near the end of a second year leading security operations across their battered country, new numbers highlight a sobering reality: They are being killed in horrific numbers. The US military, which leads a NATO mission to train ...and more »

26 civilians dead after Afghan raid on Taliban - Daily Mail

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A joint U.S.-Afghan raid Thursday against the Taliban involving NATO airstrikes left 26 civilians and three Afghan troops dead, and two U.S. soldiers were killed in a separate incident, Western and local officials said, ...and more »