Tal­iban at­tack Afghan forces check­point, kill 13 sol­diers, po­lice­men

In­sur­gents hold nearly half coun­try, refuse to ne­go­ti­ate with U.s.-backed gov­ern­ment

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Amanda Erick­son THE WASH­ING­TON POST David Bauder

KABUL—THE Tal­iban launched an at­tack early Mon­day on a newly es­tab­lished joint Afghan army and po­lice check­point in eastern Ghazni prov­ince, killing at least 13 sol­diers and po­lice­men, ac­cord­ing to a pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial.

Afghan re­in­force­ments were sub­se­quently dis­patched to the site of the at­tack in Kh­ogyani district but were re­peat­edly am­bushed along the way.

The as­sault came as a resur­gent Tal­iban hold nearly half of Afghanistan, with near-daily at­tacks on Afghan se­cu­rity forces. The Tal­iban view the U.s.-backed gov­ern­ment in Kabul as a dys­func­tional Western pup­pet and have re­fused re­peated of­fers to ne­go­ti­ate with it.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor in Ghazni, said that seven sol­diers and six po­lice­men were killed. Four sol­diers were also wounded in the early morn­ing at­tack at the check­point.

Ac­cord­ing to the spokesman, six in­sur­gents were killed and more than 10 oth­ers were wounded dur­ing the en­su­ing three-hour bat­tle with Afghan forces.

Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid, a Tal­iban spokesman, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack in a state­ment sent to the me­dia.

The joint check­point was set up just two days ago in a strate­gic area to cut off a sup­ply route for the Tal­iban but was now com­pletely burned down and de­stroyed, Noori said.

“Re­in­force­ments were rushed to as­sist the forces un­der at­tack but they were am­bushed by other Tal­iban fighters at least four times while on their way to the check­point,” said Noori.

The Tal­iban have stepped up at­tacks in volatile Ghazni, and in Au­gust over­ran parts of the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, also FULL STORY AT THES­TAR.COM/WORLD Fire­fight­ers in Marseille work with a res­cue dog to lo­cate peo­ple who might be trapped in de­bris of one of two col­lapsed build­ings Mon­day. Of­fi­cials feared some might be hurt. called Ghazni. At the time, hun­dreds of peo­ple fled the city amid in­tense fight­ing between Afghan forces and the Tal­iban that killed about 120 mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces and civil­ians.

Ghazni is the only one out of 34 Afghan prov­inces where the coun­try’s Oc­to­ber par­lia­men­tary elec­tions could not take place for se­cu­rity rea­sons. Vot­ing there has been post­poned for a year.

In south­ern Kan­da­har prov­ince the vote was de­layed for a week af­ter an at­tack by an elite Afghan guard killed two top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing a pow­er­ful pro­vin­cial po­lice chief. It’s not that hard to find the In­fowars ar­ti­cles that Jewish groups worry about. A quick search of the site pulls up an ar­ti­cle sug­gest­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment per­pe­trated the re­cent at­tack on the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue as a false flag op­er­a­tion. (It’s the “lat­est move by the Deep State to sow civil un­rest and ef­fect [sic] the his­toric up­com­ing midterm elec­tion,” the site’s au­thors write.) There’s one call­ing Jewish phi­lan­thropist George Soros a “Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor.”

Jewish lead­ers in Bri­tain say the site is bi­ased against Jews. Now, some are call­ing on the U.K. In­de­pen­dence Party (UKIP) to cut ties with the web­site. Afghan se­cu­rity forces pa­trol a site in Ghazni prov­ince ear­lier this year. The Tal­iban at­tacked a check­point in eastern Ghazni on Mon­day. PY­ONGYANG, KOREA—NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuban Pres­i­dent Miguel Diaz-canel — both hop­ing to get out from un­der U.S. eco­nomic sanc­tions — have agreed to ex­pand and strengthen their strate­gic re­la­tions, North Korea’s state me­dia re­ported Mon­day.

Diaz-canel, who is in Asia on his first in­ter­na­tional tour since as­sum­ing of­fice in April, ar­rived in Py­ongyang with his wife on Sun­day. He was met at the air­port by Kim, who joined him on the ride into the city past flower-wav­ing and cheer­ing crowds. North Korea’s state me­dia re­ported the two stressed their shared so­cial­ist his­tory and vowed con­tin­ued sol­i­dar­ity. WWW.THES­TAR.COM

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NEW YORK—NBC and Fox News Chan­nel both said Mon­day that they will stop air­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign ad­ver­tise­ment that fea­tured an im­mi­grant con­victed of mur­der.

CNN had re­jected the same ad, declar­ing it racist.

Fox pulled the ad Sun­day. Fox did not im­me­di­ately say how many times it aired on ei­ther Fox News Chan­nel or the Fox Busi­ness Net­work.

The ad­ver­tise­ment aired on NBC’S Sun­day Night Foot­ball and MSNBC’S Morn­ing Joe, and drew a heated on­line re­sponse.

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