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26 Nov 2019 | 05:51 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Taliban attack kills eight soldiers in Deykandi province November 24

Taliban attack kills eight Afghan soldiers in Deykandi province November 24; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

At least eight Afghan soldiers were killed and four other injured in an attack on a checkpoint located in Kajran district (Deykandi) in the morning (local time) on Sunday, November 24. Additional troops were deployed following news of the attack and at least 20 Taliban militants were killed. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack. Similar attacks are possible over the near term.

Context

Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.

Advice

Individuals in Deykandi province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.