On Dec. 30, the Taliban killed seven CIA operatives and another American in suicide attack in Khost, and four Canadian soldiers and a journalist in an IED attack in Kandahar. The Taliban beheaded six former members in Uruzgan and wounded a police chief in an IED attack in Khost. Afghan forces detained an Azerbaijani al Qaeda operative in Khost and three Taliban fighters in Ghazni.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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