An Afghan official says more than 1,000 police reinforcements are being provided to Kandahar province after Taliban attacks killed dozens there.
Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa says the Ministry of Interior has agreed with his request for more security in the run-up to an Afghan and NATO offensive to disrupt insurgent control in much of the province.
Wesa asked for more police after multiple bombs over the weekend killed at least 35 people in Kandahar city. The Taliban called the attacks a "warning" that they are ready for the war's next phase. Afghan and NATO troops are planning to move into Kandahar, the Taliban's spiritual birthplace, later this year after securing another stronghold in neighboring Helmand province.