The attack on the new building of the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan, on the airport road in Kabul, ended after nearly two hours when 10 attackers were killed by government forces, a spokesman for the ministry confirmed. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said one policeman was killed and five were wounded.
An Afghan military spokesman says elite commando units have freed dozens of prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an early morning operation in southern Helmand province.
After pushing out fighters in Farah, Afghan and USA forces continued to pursue them, Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon via video link.
At least one policeman was killed in the assault, and five others were wounded.
The attack on a meeting of commanders in the district of Musa Qala in Helmand, one of the heartlands of the Taliban insurgency, was a significant blow to the insurgents, said Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan.
The Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack via its Aamaq news agency.
On May 30, the militants briefly seized a district headquarters in the Dasht-e Qala district in the northern province of Takhar "after seven hours of fighting and resistance", a spokesman for the provincial governor said.
"We think the meeting was to plan next steps", O'Donnell said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman, said that the U.S. army, acting on intelligence, used its most advanced mobile artillery system to fire guided rockets at the command and control site in Musa Qala, Helmand province, where the high-level targets were meeting.
Both the Taliban and ISIL have stepped up attacks on Kabul, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians in recent months.
"This was a civilian residential area, which had no connection with the Taliban", spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said in a statement. He asserted there are "many points of intersection" between Taliban and Afghan proposals for pursuing peace.
USA officials have sought to compel the Taliban to enter peace talks by increasing the military pressure on them.
Like Danish, Safi also said the attackers wore military uniforms but could not provide more details. The impact would be felt "beyond Helmand province" and was further evidence of the more aggressive stance taken by American troops in Afghanistan following the revised strategy approved by President Trump.