6 Soldiers Killed In Clash Over Military Base With Taliban In Afghanistan

The Afghan soldiers in the past week thwarted a Taliban attack in Zabul province. (File)


At least nine Taliban insurgents, including three suicide bombers were killed by the Afghan forces in a bid to prevent a complex attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.

The 215 Maiwand Army Corps situated in Helmand province came under attack in the early hours of Friday, said a senior security official in Kabul, adding the attack was Taliban’s third attempt to overrun the strategic military installation in the past 48 hours.

“Afghan soldiers of 215 Maiwand Corps stopped the Taliban from gaining control of the military compound, we have reports that six Afghan soldiers were killed during the clashes,” said a senior Afghan security official on condition of anonymity.

Two other security officials confirmed that members belonging to foreign forces present at the base were safe as the Taliban could not breach walls of their compound.

The United States has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led mission, known as Resolute Support, and a separate U.S. counter-terrorism mission largely directed against terroris groups like ISIS and al Qaeda.

But U.S. President Donald Trump told Congress last month he intended to reduce U.S. forces from Afghanistan as negotiators make progress in talks with Taliban insurgents, saying: “Great nations do not fight endless wars.”

In addition, some 8,000 troops from 38 other countries in Resolute Support…

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