Fierce clashes left some 50 fighters dead in northeast Afghanistan’s Baghlan province March 7, pitting Taliban forces against their erstwhile allies in Gulbuddin Hekmatyar‘s Hezb-e-Islami militia. The fighting was be centered in Baghlan-e-Markazi district, a stronghold of Hezb-e-Islami, in a village called Qaisar Khail. Hekmatyar has reportedly offered to join forces with the government against the Taliban. (Times of India, WP, March 7)
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