World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

US Air Strikes In Afghanistan Kill Several Taliban


US Air Strikes in Southern Afghanistan Kill Several Taliban

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says several Taliban militants have been killed in air strikes in the southern town of Musa Qala, as NATO-led ground troops began an offensive to take the key town back from Taliban control.

In a statement Saturday, the military said initial information indicates a senior Taliban commander was among those killed. The commander is believed to have been involved in several attacks against U.S. and NATO forces in the region.

Taliban militants overran Musa Qala in February, months after British troops withdrew and handed over security responsibilities to local elders.

The Taliban says it has more than 2,000 armed fighters ready to defend town, located in the middle of Afghanistan's poppy-growing region.

Separately, NATO foreign ministers are discussing appointing an international "super" envoy to Afghanistan. The envoy would help better coordinate U.N. and NATO civilian and military efforts within the country.

ENDS

More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC