Afghan officials said security forces were in control of the eastern city of Ghazni on Saturday, a day after Taliban fighters launched a major attack on the provincial capital, as troops continued a clearance operation targeting the militants.
Danish said more than 150 insurgents have been killed or wounded.
A convoy of military vehicles heading for Ghazni city came under attack in Sayad Abad district in Maidan Wardak at about 5.30pm local time on Sunday.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says at least 25 security forces have been killed and wounded since the assault began, and that a local reporter was killed. Power has been cut to the area since fighting erupted.
"We are scared for our life".
Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended Friday.
"Heavy explosions and gunfire can be heard".
"The government might be in control of the city but it always remains under threat", said Noori.
"U.S. Forces responded with close-air support this morning in #Ghazni", the official account for US Forces in Afghanistan tweeted today.
"Afghan forces held their ground and maintain control of all government centers".
O'Donnell, the USA military spokesman, said the Taliban achieved nothing from the Ghazni assault "except another eye-catching, but inconsequential headline".
His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?
Well, Elba followed that up a few hours later with another post simply telling fans "Don't believe the HYPE". "I dunno. Fans were obviously freaking out, as this is the biggest tease yet that Elba might be stepping into the iconic role.
Rival Koreas agree to third summit in Pyongyang
The agreement was reached after the high-level talks between the two sides at the border village of Panmunjom. Sanctions will remain in place until North Korea takes concrete and verifiable steps toward denuclearisation.
Honda Civic gets new look, standard active safety features, Sport trim
For the 2019 model year, Honda Sensing® is standard or available equipment on all Honda auto and light truck nameplates. Honda has unveiled the refreshed 2019 Civic coupe and sedan that builds on the 10th generation Civic line.
Lt. Col. Martin L. O'Donnell, the spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan was quoted by TOLOnews as saying, "US forces responded (to the attack) with close-air support (US attack helicopters) and conducted one strike (drone)".
Seven soldiers were killed and two other troops were taken alive by the insurgents, according to a provincial official from Baghlan governor's office who was not authorized to speak with media about casualties. The Taliban said they expect another round of talks.
The Taliban claim to have seized parts of the city, while Afghan officials insist the situation is under control.
A spokesman for the USA military, Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, said the city "remains under Afghan government control, and the isolated and disparate Taliban forces remaining in the city do not pose a threat to its collapse, as some have claimed".
The insurgents frequently exaggerate their battlefield gains and downplay losses incurred during fighting.
Separately from the Taliban, an Islamic State affiliate carried out dozens of deadly attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and minority Shiites. Hospitals in the city reportedly were running out of space due large number of casualties.
The Taliban has ignored an offer by the government for direct peace negotiations.
"We stand ready to create all necessary conditions, at any stage of the peace process, to arrange direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban movement", Mirziyoyev told an global peace conference in the Uzbek capital in March.
Still, Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace said Washington would welcome a "constructive" Russian role in finding a way toward a peace pact in Afghanistan.
The Taliban attack has left the prospect of future peace talks in doubt.
An unprecedented truce in June brought fighting between security forces and the Taliban to a temporary halt, giving war-weary Afghans some welcome relief from violence.