Afghan forces in Farah fight

A member of the Afghan security forces

U.S. and Afghan officials say the Taliban have been under increasingly heavy pressure from air strikes and army operations but the insurgents have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to inflict severe damage on Afghan security forces.

Taliban fighters have taken over a police headquarters in Afghanistan's western Farah province during an ongoing battle with the security forces as officials warned the district was likely to be taken over by the armed group.

The attack in Bala Buluk district comes two weeks after a similar assault by the Taliban on an army base in the same province.

The provincial government said 13 militants were also killed in the fighting.

Afghanistan has seen a surge in attacks in recent months, with militants often targeting state security forces.

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Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack, which was in the Bati Kot district.

The insurgents have recently stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces across Farah province.

The victims are all members of a single family, Khogyani added. It is conceivable, and conceivably desirable, that US forces will be in Afghanistan, lending intelligence, logistical and even lethal support to that nation's military and security forces for another 1,000, perhaps 6,000, days. Residents of Farah city have complained bitterly about security in the province, where some police units are alleged to collude with Taliban fighters, selling them weapons and ammunition.

The U.S. military's latest estimates from December show the Afghan government controls or has influence over 56 percent of districts, with insurgents controlling or contesting the rest.

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