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Heavy Fighting As Taliban Attack Western City Of Farah

Afghan Aircraft Bombed Taliban positions in the Western City of Farah after the insurgents launched a Major attempt to Capture the Provincial Capital, with fearful Residents seeking shelter from explosions and Gunfire.

The attack -- the first Major assault targeting a city since the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive -- began around Midnight, with the Militants capturing one Urban District and parts of another.

Afghan Officials said Police Special Forces from Kandahar and commandos from Herat had also been deployed.

Defence Ministry Spokesman said at least 10 insurgents and two Afghan Security Force members had been killed so far.