July 15, 2007 -- Eight Afghan security guards died today when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the eastern province of Paktika, while a rocket fired from Pakistan into Paktika's Bermel region killed two civilians.
In southern Helmand Province, three Taliban fighters were killed and five Afghan soldiers wounded during a battle in the district of Gereshk.
The Afghan Defense Ministry today announced that 30 fighters aligned with Hizb-e Islami, a faction led by former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, have laid down their weapons and agreed to cooperate with the government.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.