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Top Afghan Defense Officials Resign After Attack Kills More Than 100 Troops

At a commemorative on a Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop in Kabul on Sunday, activists compensate reverence to a victims of Friday’s Taliban-claimed conflict on an army base.

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At a commemorative on a Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop in Kabul on Sunday, activists compensate reverence to a victims of Friday’s Taliban-claimed conflict on an army base.

Wakil Kohsar /AFP/Getty Images

Afghanistan’s invulnerability apportion and a army arch of staff stepped down in a arise of a Taliban-claimed conflict Friday in that during slightest 100 Afghan soldiers died. It was one of a deadliest attacks in Afghanistan given 2001.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a high-level resignations Monday, on a same day that U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in a nation on an unannounced visit, as a Trump administration reviews a Afghanistan policy.

A orator for Ghani told Reuters that Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim quiescent since of Friday’s attack.

Ghani’s bureau expelled a matter that did not categorically couple a conflict and a resignations, observant usually that a boss supposed a resignations “in sequence to foster burden as a new section of reliable function in a domestic complement of a country.”

The commanders of 4 army corps were also replaced, according to a presidency’s central Twitter account.

According to Reuters, “defence officials pronounced as many as 8 army crew had been arrested — worsening suspicions a enemy had inside help.”

The conflict during a infantry bottom in a city of Mazar-i-Sharif raises some-more questions about a Afghan military’s ability to urge opposite such attacks, some-more than 15 years after a U.S. gathering a Taliban from power.

More Than 100 Dead In Taliban Attack On Afghan Army Base

As The Two-Way reported, a militants entered a bottom sheltered as Afghan army personnel, afterwards pounded infantry withdrawal Friday prayers during a mosque. The fighting reportedly lasted some 6 hours. The Taliban claimed responsibility, observant it sent 10 militants to revenge new killings of comparison Taliban leaders.

It stays misleading accurately how many people were killed. News reports citing Defense Ministry officials pronounced 100 soldiers had died or been injured, though other outlets put a figure higher.

The BBC reports that:

“Other officials have told BBC that during slightest 136 people died — 124 coffins had been sent out to opposite tools of a nation and 12 soldiers had not nonetheless been identified, they said.

“But some sources contend a fee was even higher. One watcher told a BBC he counted 165 bodies.”

Speaking to reporters after assembly Ghani, Mattis highlighted that a victims of a conflict were gunned down as they were withdrawal a mosque, observant it “certainly characterizes this quarrel for accurately what it is. … It shows because we mount with a people of this nation opposite such iniquitous acts.”

Thousands More Troops Needed To Break Afghanistan 'Stalemate,' General Warns

Mattis pronounced he and Ghani had a “focused contention as we work to align a efforts,” adding that he is in a nation for “ongoing discourse with Afghanistan’s leadership” as he prepares to consider and advise President Trump on Afghanistan process going forward.

Taliban militants have gained domain this past year, as NPR has reported, and a tip U.S. commander in Afghanistan recently described a quarrel opposite a Taliban as a “stalemate.”