NATO forces are back helping Afghan troops repel Taliban insurgents from the strategic opium-growing town of Musa Qala in Helmand province, where in 2007 British and US soldiers waged one of the emblematic battles of the war.
Afghan security forces have "tactically retreated" from a key district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops battled for years to secure, as the Taliban make a late summer push to expand areas they control in a traditional stronghold.
A roadside bomb killed at least 14 members of an Afghan family, including women and children, in the country`s volatile south Saturday, officials said, in the first major attack in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Insurgents armed with guns and explosives entered a police station in Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gar on Sunday after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the compound allowing the others to gain entry, a senior policeman said.
The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of US and NATO combat troops.
An Afghan policeman shot and killed his commanding officer and a district governor in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents, who said the policeman had defected to their movement.
Condemning the shelling attack on a wedding party in Afghanistan which left at least 25 people killed and 45 injured Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a probe to "bring the perpetrators to justice".
Afghan security forces on Saturday claimed victory against a Taliban offensive in the country`s volatile Helmand province after days of fighting seen as a test for the country`s security forces as NATO-led troops pull out.