Taliban leaders involved in Farah city attack killed in Helmand HIMARS strike

Seven attackers killed as Afghan forces stave off major terror bid

Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the interior ministry in Kabul Wednesday, killing one policeman and wounding at least five people, days after the Taliban vowed to target the Afghan capital.

Ten assailants attacked the ministry after an explosives-laden vehicle detonated at the front gate of the compound, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

Some Taliban leaders are participating in private talks with Afghanistan government officials to jumpstart peace talks, even as fighting endures in the 16-year war, the top US commander in the country said Wednesday.

A wounded Afghan girl receives treatment after the attack on the interior ministry building in Kabul on Wednesday.

"We think the meeting was to plan next steps", said Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan. The group views the Afghan government as weak, divided and unable to make decisions on big issues, including the full withdrawal of US/Nato forces, releasing their prisoners and the removal of Taliban officials' names from sanctions lists.

After pushing out fighters in Farah, Afghan and U.S. forces continued to pursue them, Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon via video link.

But on April 25, the Taliban announced their offensive and since then, the violence has increased, but still stands at a level that's 10 percent to 20 percent below the five-year average, he said. "We were told to stay inside our offices as the compound was attacked", said one ministry employee.




Nicholson said initial indications suggested Taliban and the Haqqani network were behind the attack, even though Islamic State claimed responsibility.

In eastern Logar province, suicide bombers attacked a police station in the morning, killing at least three police officers, including the station's commander and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital, Pul-e Alam, local media reported.

Another example of a failed enemy attack took place today, the general said.

Last week, a USA government watchdog group said the administration's revamped strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a "dangerous and volatile" place almost 17 years after the US invaded.

In the southern city of Kandahar, a roadside bomb killed three people and wounded another 13, said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor.

The U.S. military said the May 24 meeting in Helmand's district of Musa Qala involved commanders from a number of Afghan provinces, including neighbouring Farah, where Taliban fighters this month briefly threatened to overrun the provincial capital.

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