20 Jun '18, 6pm

Ceasefire over, US-led coalition downplays Taliban attack that killed up to 30 Afghan soldiers

Ceasefire over, US-led coalition downplays Taliban attack that killed up to 30 Afghan soldiers

Officials with the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan are downplaying an attack on a military base there that marked the first attack by the Taliban since a historic three-day ceasefire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday. British Army Lt. Gen. Richard Cripwell, deputy commander of the Resolute Support mission , in a briefing Wednesday with reporters at the Pentagon, dismissed the notion that Taliban militants used the holiday and ceasefire as an opportunity to gather military intelligence. Earlier Wednesday, Taliban militants captured a military base in the western province of Badghis, killing as many as 30 Afghan soldiers in the process. When asked if the Taliban picked out future targets for attack when militants made their way into cities across the county to pray during the holiday, Cripwell quickly disagreed. “Candidly, the Taliban that came into Kabul on Saturday seem...

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