Taliban killed, 15 arrested in Pakistan

A local Taliban commander was killed on Saturday as seven others – including a 12-year-old would-be suicide bomber – surrendered and six were arrested in Swat. The ISPR said the young bomber surrendered along with his father – who is a schoolteacher – in Kuzshaur.

Taliban Expands Grip Over Northern Afghanistan. “since last year, the Taliban have pressed ahead to try to reclaim their former northern fiefdoms — a setback for U.S.-led forces already struggling to contain an increasingly fierce insurgency in the south.
“There are certainly some areas, including Kunduz, where the insurgency has been strengthening,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Greg Smith, head of public affairs for U.S. and NATO troops


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