SANGARAY, AFGHANISTAN (WKOW) -- NATO and Afghan forces continue heavy fighting as they wage an air and ground offensive around the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
Meanwhile, the Afghan government has appointed nearly 70 people to a new High Peace Council, formalizing efforts already under way to reconcile with top Taliban leaders and lure insurgent foot soldiers off the battlefield.
The Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, told reporters on
Monday that "very high-level Taliban leaders have sought to reach out to the highest levels of the Afghan government," providing some hope that a deal might possibly be reached.
Over the weekend, U.S. Marines and members of the Afghan National Army were involved a firefight with Taliban insurgents in Marjah -- a region the U.S. has hoped would become a model for counterinsurgency techniques in Afghanistan.
In North Waziristan, intelligence officials say the U.S. fired missiles at a home, killing four people and marking the 20th drone attack this month. The New America Foundation think tank tallies this month as the highest monthly total of drone attacks thus far in the war.