An Afghan security force personnel stands guard at the entrance gate of the government compound of Farah province, western Afghanistan May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
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Taliban fighters battled police and troops in the western city of Farah overnight, officials said on Thursday, as security forces struggled to regain control of a city that has been under growing pressure from the militants for months.Sherzad said the bodies of dozens of fighters lay where they fell and a school building, close to the city's police headquarters, had been burned to the ground.He said a number of foreign fighters appeared to be operating with the Taliban but there was no way of independently verifying that. Remote and sparsely populated Farah has seen heavy fighting for months with Taliban forces inflicting heavy casualties on the police and army and even on elite special forces units.The Taliban said on Wednesday their forces had withdrawn from Farah but a number of fighters appear to have hidden in houses in the city and emerged late at night, with fighting starting at around 11 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m.
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