Afghan Officials Say 60 Taliban Killed in Ghazni Airstrike

Attack targeted Taliban convoy along Ghazni-Uruzgan highway

With the Taliban seizing growing amounts of territory across the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, officials are reporting that they struck back with an airstrike. They are reporting an attack on a Taliban convoy killed at least 60 Taliban and wounded a number of others.

The airstrike took place in the province’s south, along the Ghazni-Uruzgan highway. The Taliban has been gaining ground in Ghazni for weeks, and in the past week has routed a number of Afghan forces in Malistan and Jaghouri Districts.

Ghazni is one of several major provincial capitals contested by the Taliban over the past year, and with more ground falling to them in recent weeks, it seems likely the city is going to find itself raided again sooner, rather than later.

The large number of casualties inflicted in the airstrike has yet to be confirmed, but given how poorly the Afghan reinforcements have fared in the province, it makes sense that they would be increasingly relying on airstrikes to try to slow the Taliban advance.

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