The NATO-led coaltion in Afghanistan called Saturday the bloodiest day of the year. Eight soliders were killed. Seven of them were Americans. And a German special forces solider died in a shootout near the northern city of Baghlan.
It's not immediately clear whether the militant group has accepted Kabul's call for a truce during the Muslim holiday. The "conditional ceasefire" follows a three-day truce during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in June.
At two least gunmen have been killed while attempting to lay siege to an intelligence facility in the Afghan capital. A day before, scores of students were killed in an attack described by rights groups as a war crime.
A migration official said the introverted nature of the 18-year-old refugee was at odds with homosexuals "being rather social." The young man feared for his safety in Afghanistan, where homosexuality is illegal.
The attack occurred during a routine patrol in the eastern province of Parwan, a Taliban stronghold. The militants have been fighting to regain power since being overthrown by a US-led military coalition in 2001.
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