Taliban commander killed in Afghan drone strike

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Kabul, Aug 12 : A key Taliban commander was killed on Sunday in a drone strike that targeted a militant hideout in Afghanistan’s Laghman province.

The strike was followed a tip-off, killing the commander and injuring three of his guards. The commander’s identity was not disclosed.

Taliban tried to seize eastern Afghan city of Gazni comes as pressure mounts on the insurgents to enter peace talks with the government to end the nearly 17-year-old war.

Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting.

Afghan officials said they were in control of Ghazni late yesterday with authorities in Kabul saying security forces were conducting a clearance operation targeting Taliban fighters who had taken up positions in residential homes.

But information about who controlled the city was difficult to confirm with power and mobile services cut to the area after the Taliban destroyed a telecommunications tower, according to Ghazni MP Shah Gul Rezaye.

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