The Taleban captured a district in western Afghanistan on Monday (March 12), officials said, as security continues to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah.
Four days earlier, Taliban attacks on police checkpoints killed eight police officers.
The largest number of militants (54) was killed in the southern province of Kandahar.
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Taliban fighters ambushed the special forces unit that was partnered with local security forces that prepared to launch a raid in the Bala Buluk district of Farah, provincial officials told TOLONews.
Rahimi said 56 militants were killed and dozens of others were injured in the air strikes.
In a separate report, seven civilians - including three children and two women - were killed on Sunday night in eastern Nangarhar province when their vehicle was hit by a grenade, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Several soldiers went missing after the attack during which one armored military vehicle was destroyed and two others were seized by the attackers together with weapons. The victims are all members of a single family, he added.
The insurgents have recently stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces across Farah province.
Years have passed since the time when, years into the war, USA military and civilian officials heatedly debated "counterinsurgency" as contrasted with "counterterrorism", distinctions that now seem less than crucial.
During the past few months, Taliban militants have battled government security forces fiercely in Afghanistan's western province of Farah bordering Iran.
"If they are not fought back, the district will be taken over entirely".
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