The Afghan Taliban's Spring Offensive is taking its toll on Afghan security forces in many different areas as the Pentagon is considering a plan that would see up to 5,000 US troops sent to Afghanistan to help the Afghan forces.
|In southern Afghanistan at least 20 police were killed in Taliban ambushes. Afghan security forces are trying to dislodge the Taliban from several districts. In Zabul province fighting is ongoing according to the provincial governor Bismullah Afghanmal who said police were ambushed in Chino and Ghulam Rabat. He said: "The report we have right now indicates that 20 policemen are martyred and 10 others are wounded. The number may increase." Dozens of Taliban were also said to have been killed or wounded. Reinforcements arriving in the area also came under attack. He said there was also fighting in the Dai Chopan district but the extent of casualties was not yet known.|