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Taliban kills 85 in Afghanistan

Fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters has killed at least 85 people.

The Taliban launched a series of attacks in southern Helmand Province on June 21st against targets including police and government buildings.

About 1,000 militants were believed to have been involved.

Authorities say security forces have so far killed more than 250 Taliban.

However, 40 civilians and at least 45 members of the security forces have also been killed.

The attacks come just months after the withdrawal of US troops that served as the core of the international force.

Most international troops are due to leave the country by the end of this year, raising concerns that security will deteriorate further.

Jun. 28, 2014 - Updated 13:32 UTC