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Violence intensifies across Afghanistan’s central and northern provinces

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KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants have taken over a district, launched attacks on checkpoints and cemented control over a border trade crossing, officials said on Monday, as clashes intensify in Afghanistan’s central and northern provinces. Violence has risen sharply around the country as foreign forces work towards withdrawing by Sept. 11 and peace talks in Qatar have failed to make significant progress. The Taliban have launched a wave of offensives around the country, particularly in the north, outside of their southern strongholds. In central Bamiyan province, normally relatively free of…

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