Confusion, chaos after Taliban breach Afghan base kills 140 soldiers

(JERUSALEM POST) — Afghan soldier Zabihullah was chatting with an army comrade at their military base in northern Afghanistan when gunfire interrupted their quiet Friday afternoon.

“I asked my friend what was happening, and he said, relax, it must be one of us.”

It wasn’t. It was the Taliban.

Dressed in army uniforms, at least 10 Taliban attackers had breached the military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, eventually killing more than 140 soldiers, according to the latest estimates by officials.

“When they started hitting other soldiers, we understood that it was a terrorist attack,” Zabihullah told Reuters from his hospital bed, wounded by an explosion. “The soldiers were dropping like sparrows hit by a shotgun.”

The attack, which is likely the deadliest yet on an Afghan military base, represents a major blow to the country’s struggling security forces as they prepare for what is expected to be a year of bloody fighting against the Taliban, as well as other smaller militant groups like Islamic State.

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