11 May '18, 7pm

Taliban storms police bases in western Afghanistan

The Taliban killed at least 41 policemen and soldiers after overrunning two police outposts in the western province of Farah on May 10. Security in Farah province has steadily degraded after NATO turned over control of security to Afghan forces in 2014. At least 32 policemen and 9 Afghan soldiers were killed during Taliban assaults on separate police outposts in the district of Bala Buluk in Farah, officials told ATN News. Surprisingly, the losses reported by Afghan officials were higher than claimed by the Taliban, which often inflates casualties inflicted on Afghan security personnel. In a statement released on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban’s official propaganda outlet, it claimed it killed 27 Afghan security personnel after overrunning “a large scale military base” in the province. The Taliban also claimed it destroyed or captured a large number of armored vehicles as wel...

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