Afghan government says Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 14

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry says Taliban fighters have attacked an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing 14 military personnel. The Taliban on Friday took responsibility for the attack a day earlier in Paktia province, calling it a “defensive action,” without elaborating. Javid Faisal, spokesman for the Afghanistan national security adviser’s office, said despite sporadic clashes, a truce in effect during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which ended Tuesday, would continue. The Taliban accused the Afghan government of carrying out an airstrike Wednesday killing several civilians. The government said the target was Taliban fighters. The Taliban accused the Afghan government of carrying out an airstrike Wednesday killing several civilians.