Update for Tuesday, November 12, 2018
Today in Afghanistan Taliban attack Jaghori district in Ghazni, destroy a company of elite Afghan special forces, killing more than 30 along with about 50 police and local militia members. The area is inhabited by ethnic Hazaras. Some of them protested in Kabul on Monday and six of them were killed by a suicide bomber. The entire district is in danger of falling to the Taliban.
Ministry of the Interior says that reinforcements have been sent and that a large-scale military operation is planned.
Government claims to have killed more than 100 insurgents overnight in Ghazni while losing only two Afghan National Police. (They commonly report such extremely lopsided casualty claims, which I do not consider credible.)
Wall St. Journal reports U.S. is considering asking Afghanistan to delay presidential elections as efforts are underway to negotiate a settlement with the Taliban.
President Ghani says the Taliban are not winning. (But it’s never a good sign when you have to say that. — C)
Today in Afghanistan