KABUL, Afghanistan 

With deadly precision, Taliban insurgents orchestrated lethal assaults on Afghan forces on New Year Eve similar to those exactly one year before, killing more than 30 soldiers, setting the tone for the year to come.

Afghan officials told Anadolu Agency at least 34 security forces were killed in attacks across Balkh, Takhar, Faryab and Kunduz provinces in the north New Year Eve. Police spokesman in Takhar, Khalil Aseer, said at least 11 insurgents were killed in the gunfight.

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