22 Afghan Soldiers Killed in US Drone Attack in Helmand Province:
Officials said dozens of police and soldiers were killed as the militants captured the Jani Khel district after five days of siege. Local governor Abdul Rahman Solamal said hundreds of Taliban militants attacked police check posts overnight, prompting security forces to leave the district.
Jani Khel sits at an intersection linking eight districts. It also connects Paktia with neighboring Khost province and Pakistan.