In one of the most brazen and well-organized attacks in recent months, 40 suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles shot up a government office in southern Afghanistan, killing six Afghan soldiers and a driver for a U.S. aid organization. The violence followed a series of other attacks on foreign troops, government forces and aid workers, hampering agencies that are trying to rebuild the impoverished, war-shattered country. Religious leaders and schools have also been targeted. The fighters launched their assault from four vehicles, police said — a relatively bold strategy. Usually such attacks are by smaller, less-conspicuous groups traveling on foot, able to easily stash weapons or fade into crowds. The violence began about 4 a.m. in Deshu district, 110 miles south of Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, said Dad Mohammed Khan, a provincial intelligence chief. Full Story
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