The Afghan army tries to hold out against a Taliban siege in the key district of Sangin. The government says it is air-dropping more food and ammunition to its struggling forces. Kabul can ill afford to lose another town to the Islamist extremists.
Germany will continue to deport certain applicants home to Afghanistan if they are rejected for asylum. Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-wing Christian Democratic Union support the plan, German media report.
A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban.
Scores of Afghan soldiers are reported dead after an attack on a military compound in Balkh province. If confirmed, the death toll would be among the highest in any such assault. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.
Disguised Taliban militants killed at least 140 people in an attack on an army compound. Some say intelligence failures and other mistakes by Kabul and its foreign allies led to the incident.
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