Taliban attacks US-Afghan base in Helmand

2 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

KANDAHAR: A Taliban attack on a US-Afghan base was repelled in southeast Afghanistan, officials said Friday, as fighting continues in the war-torn country amid a pause in ongoing peace talks between the insurgents and American negotiators in Doha, reports AFP.

The militants launched the pre-dawn assault on Shorab military base in Helmand province—where an unspecified number of US troops are also stationed—engaging in heavy firefights with Afghan forces.

“Right now, the Afghan commando forces are carrying out a clean-up operation in the area,” said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Provincial and defence officials said at least four attackers were killed in the skirmish.

US forces spokesman Colonel Dave Butler also confirmed the incident, tweeting: “The attack was repelled by the brave Afghan Security Forces”.

Butler later added that reports indicated “Taliban fighters were initially able to gain access to the Afghan base but were stopped by Afghan forces”.