Taliban Attacks Key Base in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Afghan Army says Taliban were repelled, denies heavy casualties

On Monday the Taliban took credit for a major attack in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, hitting a major military center where some 150 soldiers are stationed. The Taliban claimed dozens killed or wounded in the attack.

The Afghan government confirmed the attack, but told a very different story, insisting they had repelled the Taliban attack. They also claimed a much lower casualty level, saying only one person was wounded.

This is all par for the course for the Afghan War, as the Taliban has been hitting Afghan military sites at a growing rate, and the two sides often tell wildly different stories, particularly as it relates to casualties.

Helmand Province has also been a territory that the Taliban has tended to focus on, trying to take more and more of that area and challenge control over the provincial capital. A major opium hub, control of Helmand is seen as financially important to the Taliban.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.