Entries in Afghan security forces (2)


Taliban Hands Over Bodies of 16 Afghan Soldiers

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WARDOOJ, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban turned over the bodies of 16 Afghan soldiers killed in an attack on Sunday.

The firefight, which took place in the district of Wardooj, was among the deadliest attacks on Afghan National Army forces in recent years. The Taliban also handed over seven soldiers that were taken hostage after the attack.

Afghan forces are due to take over full control of security when NATO forces leave the country by the end of 2014.

The governor of the province of Badakhshan, Abdul Maroof Rasikh, told ABC that the soldiers were ambushed while reinforcing their positions. He said that the enemy also suffered casualties.

Rasikh also said that "security forces are planning to conduct a clearance operation very soon in the area."

Wardooj was largely quiet and out of the reach of insurgent attacks until recently. The area offers cover for insurgents in the form of mountainous terrain.

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Afghan Policeman Kills U.S. Service Member on Joint Patrol

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. service member was killed in southern Afghanistan Sunday on a patrol with Afghan security forces when one of the Afghans turned his weapon on the Americans, the latest in a rash of what the ISAF is now calling “insider” attacks on American troops.

The incident comes just days after the U.S. military told troops to be constantly armed and ready for attack, both inside and outside their bases. Twenty U.S. troops and one aid worker have been killed in Taliban attacks in the past two weeks, 10 of them shot to death in cold blood by rogue Afghan soldiers or policemen.

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