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Taliban kill 'more than 100' in attack on Afghan military base

Taliban kill 'more than 100' in attack on Afghan military base

That year US-led combat operations against the Taliban, the main insurgent group in Afghanistan, officially ended, but some USA troops remain in the country to provide training and assistance to Afghan forces, which do most of the fighting.

A US service member has been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan, marking the second American death there in 2019, officials say.

The province of Maidan Wardak is just outside of Kabul and the base also serves as a training center for a pro-government militia.

Taliban insurgents, fighting to drive out worldwide forces from Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, which spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said killed 190 people.

Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Several news outlets reported that the Taliban and USA officials led by Zalmay Khalilzad, President Donald Trump's Afghan reconciliation envoy, resumed peace negotiations "hours" after Monday's attack.

A senior security official who spoke on condition of anonymity gave an even higher figure of at least 70 killed.

"Looking at the damage, the number of casualties may rise and our health team is still searching for victims", he told Reuters. There was no official confirmation of this higher toll.

Sharif Hotak, a member of the Wardak provincial council, said that he saw the bodies of 35 Afghan forces in a hospital and that "many more were killed". The blast was so strong that windows of civilian homes seen in the distance from the base were also shattered.

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Last year, President Ashraf Ghani said more than 28,000 Afghan police and soldiers had been killed since 2015.

"We took about 65 bodies out of the rubble yesterday", Mohammad Sardar Bakhyari, deputy head of the provincial council in Wardak province, where the attack occurred on Monday in the latest blow to beleaguered security forces.

He said it was hard to believe that the vaunted NSD could have lost such a high number of personnel in a single attack and that there must have been serious negligence on someone's part.

The bomber in the Humvee that attacked the base apparently managed to get through what should have been the first barrier without being stopped and reached the main building, he said.

"Following American acceptance of the agenda of ending the invasion of Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the future, talks with American representatives took place today in Doha, the capital of Qatar".

"Any meeting which will continue in this manner will likely not support restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan", HPC spokesman Sayed Ehsan Tahiri said.

Afterwards the Taliban announced it was in peace talks with American diplomats in Qatar.

Taliban narco-jihadis have repeatedly refused to negotiate directly with the Afghan government, dismissing Kabul as an American "puppet".

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