At Least 20 Killed in Ambush on NATO Supply Convoy

'Intense Fighting' in Farah Province

At least 20 people were killed in a major battle in western Afghanistan’s Farah Province, when attackers ambushed a NATO supply convoy in the mountains. One Afghan soldier and five security guards were killed, and the Afghan Army says 14 attackers were also slain.

This was the low end number, apparently, as the Afghan National Police claimed “more than 30 terrorists” were killed in the clashes, and added that many of them were armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

The convoy was apparently heading south, going from Farah and Herat Province on the way to a NATO base in the Helmand Province. The Taliban claimed to have lost only five fighters, but also insisted that they killed 40.

NATO was not directly involved in the fighting, but did launch air strikes against the site of the clashes. They insisted only that “no civilians had been killed” in the strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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