U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds
Heavy fighting between a coalition of US and Afghan forces and the Taliban resulted in dozens of casualties on both sides over the weekend. The United Nations on Monday said that US airstrikes carried out against the Taliban killed at least 13 civilians.
On Friday, the Taliban killed around 50 Afghan soldiers when they attacked two military outposts. In a separate incident, US and Afghan soldiers took on Taliban fighters near Kunduz over the weekend, allegedly killing 94 Taliban militants, while the Taliban killed 24 Afghan and foreign troops.
The Taliban recently carried out various successful attack on Afghan outposts, which has made the government of Afghanistan very nervous about what will happen when foreign troops withdraw from the country, especially because the US and the Taliban have virtually agreed on such a withdrawal in recent peace talks.