Government Forces Clash With Taliban In Afghanistan

Government Forces Clash With Taliban In Afghanistan

Government and Taliban forces have clashed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, eclipsing a largely upheld three-day ceasefire during an Islamic holiday.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Helmand province official said clashes had resumed Sunday between the Taliban and government forces.
  • The three-day ceasefire — only the fourth agreed in two decades of warfare — had expired as the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended, rounding off the ritual Ramadan fasting season.
  • Interrupting Eid on Friday was a bombing at a mosque just north of Kabul that killed 12 worshippers and a prayer leader.
  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility. IS also claimed, online, that it had destroyed electrical substations in recent weeks in several provinces.
  • US and Afghan officials said Washington had vacated a southern airbase — handing over facilities to government forces — at Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold.
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the US-led withdrawals hasty and urged the United Nations to play a greater role.

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