Top Afghan Defense Officials Resign After Attack Kills More Than 100 Troops
04 May, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Essie Rivera
The exact toll from Friday's assault in the northern province of Balkh remains unclear, with some local officials putting the number of dead as high as 130.
The Afghan army chief and the country's defense minister have resigned over Friday's deadly assault on one of the army's headquarters that led to the death of around 150 soldiers.
As many as 10 Taliban fighters, dressed in Afghan army uniforms and driving military vehicles, managed to penetrate the base in order to conduct the attack.
The Trump administration is considering whether to make changes to the U.S. mission training and advising Afghan forces, and conducting raids against militant groups including ISIL.
The US has around 8,400 troops in the country with about another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies assisting a much larger Afghan force in the war against the Taliban and other Islamist militants.
Civil society and politicians are increasingly criticizing the government and the security leadership for their failure in preventing the attack.
"We're going to keep going until they're defeated in 2017", said Nicholson.
The defence ministry gave a figure of at least 100 soldiers killed or wounded.
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