August 2018 Baghlan Province attack

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August 2018 Baghlan Province attack
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
LocationBaghlan-e-Markazi District, Baghlan Province, Afghanistan
DateAugust 15, 2018
Target Afghan National Army base and police checkpoints
Deaths45 killed[1]
  • 36 soldiers
  • 9 policemen
70 killed (Taliban claim)
PerpetratorsAfghanistan Taliban

On 15 August 2018, Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan National Army base and police checkpoints in Baghlan Province, the fighting lasted five hours and resulted in the deaths of at least 36 soldiers and 9 policemen. The attack occurred the same day Kabul was struck by a suicide bombing that left 48 dead,[2] and one day after a base was besieged in Faryab.[3] Hundreds of Taliban fighters reportedly took part in the predawn attack according to anonymous Afghan police official, by the end, the base had been completely overrun.[4] Only two soldiers survived the attack, causing Afghan officials to believe they were possibly involved[5][6][7]

The Taliban claimed 70 soldiers and policemen were killed.[8] A video released on Voice of Jihad, the Talibans official website, showed the aftermath of the assault. The video shows Taliban fighters walking around the base, showing off vehicles, weapons, and ammunition that were looted, it also showed the bodies of some of the dead soldiers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Taliban video shows fighters on captured Afghan base in Baghlan | FDD's Long War Journal". longwarjournal.org. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan base overrun by Taliban in Faryab province, kill Afghan troops, as US helps keep Ghazni in gov't hands". CBS News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ "Taliban overruns another base in north as it withdraws from Ghazni City | FDD's Long War Journal". longwarjournal.org. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  5. ^ "Taliban Attack Another Afghan Army Base, Killing Dozens". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ "Afghanistan: Dozens of security forces killed in Taliban attack | News". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  7. ^ "Taliban claims new Afghanistan assault in Baghlan as Ghazni slowly recovers from siege". CBS News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  8. ^ Abdul Qadir Sediqi. "Scores killed in Kabul blast as Afghanistan reels from attacks". Reuters. Retrieved 2019-03-14.