In this file photo taken on January 21, 2013 Afghan commandos walk down a road near the Kabul police headquarters building after a clash between Afghanistan forces and Taliban fighters in Kabul. / AFP / Shah MARAI
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At least 31 Taliban militants were killed by Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province, as the Afghan army battled to protect a key highway, officials said Saturday.According to Mujahid, nine Afghan soldiers and one Taliban fighter were killed. He said 10 Afghan soldiers and three Taliban fighters were wounded in the battle to control Andar district.According to the top U.S. watchdog on Afghanistan, the number of Afghan security forces fell by nearly 11 percent in the past year, and the vast majority of Afghan forces are incapable of preventing the Taliban from capturing territory.
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