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Smoke rises after a Taliban attack on the Afghan provincial capital of Ghazni on Aug. 10. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images). August 10 at 8:19 AM Email the author. Taliban insurgent forces launched a fierce pre-dawn attack Friday on the eastern Afghan provincial capital of Ghazni, overrunning government buildings amid heavy fighting before being driven out by U.S.-backed Afghan forces, officials said Friday. The surprise ground assault was reminiscent of previous concerted Taliban efforts to capture other provincial capitals including Kunduz in the north, Farah in the west and Lashkargah in the south. The attack on Ghazni, the first major urban assault since May, came as Afghan and U.S. of... Full story

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