Taliban Attackers Kill at Least 140 Soldiers at Afghan Base: Officials

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the base on Saturday, and in a statement condemned the attack as “cowardly” and the work of “infidels.”

At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms, officials said on Saturday, in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base.

One official in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the government has yet to release exact casualty figures.

The defense ministry said more than 100 soldiers were killed or wounded.

The attack starkly highlighted the struggle by the Afghan government and its international backers to defeat a Taliban insurgency that has gripped Afghanistan for more than a decade.

As many as 10 Taliban fighters, dressed in Afghan army uniforms and driving military vehicles, made their way into the base and opened fire on mostly unarmed soldiers eating and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers, according to officials.

They used rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, and several detonated suicide vests packed with explosive, officials said.

Via TeleSur

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  1. referring to the rulers of Afghanistan who were installed by and who continue to be propped up by the US military as the “Afghan government” represents a choice.
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    Despite the ethnicity of Ghani, and Karzai before him (both ethnic Pashtuns,)
    this ruling clique is more accurately referred to as the “Northern Alliance,”
    one of the warring factions in the ongoing civil war. If one includes the Pashtun population displaced temporarily to Pakistan, the Northern Alliance is yet another minority put in charge by colonial powers to lord it over the majority.
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  2. Ah, yes, dropping huge firebomb munitions (MOAB) from the sky is courageous. Attacking on the ground in near hand to hand combat conditions at a huge disadvantage in terms of numbers is cowardly. Got it.

    More doublespeak in the perpetual war between Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia.

  3. Ahmed Rashid, recently on BBC cited presence of Afghani insiders , but really Taliban sympathizers, admitted the attackers.

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