Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At Least 15 Killed as Rocket Hits Afghan Wedding; Fighting Resumes in Afghanistan after NATO Exit

A rocket fired during fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban killed at least 15 wedding guests late today (December 31, 2014) in the southern province of Helmand, highlighting the continuing conflict after NATO's combat mission ended, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

Most of the victims were women and children in the attack in Helmand's Sangin district, a Taliban stronghold where the U.S. and British troops were involved in years of fierce fighting until this week's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

NATO's war in Afghanistan formally ended on December 28, 2014.

"At least 15 people were killed and 45 wounded when the rocket struck in a firefight between Afghan security forces and the Taliban," said Fareed Ahmad Obaid, police spokesman for Helmand province.

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