Afghanistan

Taliban Launch Spring Offensive

Intend to target military and diplomatic sites

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A NATO plane crash in southern Afghanistan killed four international troops on Saturday, the same day the Taliban announced a spring offensive it said it will target military and diplomatic sites with suicide bombers and deadly insider attacks.

April already has been the deadliest month so far this year across the country where Afghan security forces are increasingly taking the lead on the battlefield of the more than 11-year-old war.