One American, 11 Afghan police officers killed in attacks,
KABUL, Afghanistan — Militant attacks in northern Afghanistan killed at least 11 police officers, officials said Sunday.
In the south, NATO said a U.S. service member died Sunday after an insurgent attack, and a combined coalition and Afghan patrol killed a senior Taliban commander and a dozen other insurgents who were discovered planting roadside bombs.
Insurgents as well as coalition forces have escalated attacks across the country in recent months, as the NATOled force pours in 30,000 more U.S. troops in a new push to break the Taliban strongholds and establish stable Afghan governance.
International and Afghan commandos have been conducting raids almost nightly to capture or kill insurgents, and the Taliban have launched attacks on army posts and local officials and planted thousands of roadside bombs.
Also killed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday was a government official whose car was hit by a remote-controlled bomb. The region was once relatively calm, but militants have become increasingly active in the past two years.
Establishing security and trust in local authorities is a key to the NATO counterinsurgency strategy to defeat the Taliban and eventually allow international troops to withdraw.
Insurgents have been targeting police and other officials to undermine the Afghan government and sow fear. Ministry of Interior spokesman Zemeri Bashary said Sunday that 23 Afghan police officers have been killed and 69 wounded in the past week.