31 Oct '16, 2pm

Dozens of Afghan troops surrender to Taliban in central province

KABUL, Afghanistan — Dozens of Afghan troops have surrendered with large amounts of military equipment to the Taliban in central Uruzgan province, a local government official said, as the insurgents continue to gain ground throughout the country. The Taliban had surrounded the troops’ base in Chori district for more than a month, preventing food and support from reaching them, said the high-level official with direct knowledge of the situation who was not allowed to speak to the media about the incident. A Defense Ministry spokesman acknowledged that the troops were now in Taliban custody but disputed the characterization of their action as surrender, suggesting instead they might have been captured. The soldiers were taken into Taliban custody on Saturday, a day before the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released data showing the Afghan gover...

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