US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city: officials

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city: officials

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Afghan commandos and US air strikes have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah city, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle to prevent the insurgents from seizing the western provincial capital. “Subdued” fighting was continuing outside the city and Afghan troops were being supported by US airpower and advisers, a NATO spokesman said, while the Afghan army was conducting a clearing operation inside. Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said 11 soldiers had been killed.