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13 Afghans die as Taliban hit outpost

Army unit was one of the best, officials say

KABUL — Taliban insurgents dealt a serious blow to one of the Afghan Army’s most highly regarded units Friday, killing 13 soldiers and overrunning their remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

According to Afghan security officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the Taliban victory, the 13 soldiers constituted the entire complement at the checkpost. One police official said that a force of 200 Taliban fighters had opened fire with heavy weapons and finally set the post on fire; most of the deaths were from the flames.

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