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When: August 15, 2018

A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard next to damaged army vehicles after a Taliban attack in Ghazni city, Afghanistan August 15, 2018.

A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard next to damaged army vehicles after a Taliban attack in Ghazni city, Afghanistan August 15, 2018.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Attack on Ghazni: The five-day Taliban siege of Ghazni eased on Wednesday after Afghan officials declared that they had regained complete control of the city by killing hundreds of militants. According to Reuters, at least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians were killed in clashes in the strategically important city, south of capital Kabul. The Taliban, who launched the assault last Friday and battled Afghan forces backed by U.S. air strikes, said their fighters had been pulled out to prevent further harm to the population. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called for the fighting to stop, saying the public hospital was overwhelmed and water and electricity supplies were cut. The attack, one of the Taliban’s most devastating in years, has clouded hopes for peace talks. With parliamentary elections due on October 20, authorities have been bracing for more attacks. Pictures show residents walking near destroyed homes and a member of the Afghan security forces on vigil next to damaged Army vehicles.

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