Taliban kill 21 in spring offensive

Attacks test Afghan forces’ ability ahead of NATO-U.S. exit

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 5:22 a.m.

Afghan security personnel surround the area after Taliban fighters stormed a government building in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 12, 2014. Taliban fighters stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan killing police guards on Monday, the most serious in a wave of attacks marking the start of the insurgents' annual spring offensive. In the Taliban heartland in the south, an attack on a police checkpoint in Helmand province killed many policemen. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks that killed 21 people across Afghanistan in a show of strength to start the spring and a new test for Afghan security forces.

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