13 Police Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack

Infiltrators looted weapons from police outpost

On Friday evening, the long-standing Afghanistan problem of insider attacks struck again in Herat Province, with three infiltrators turning on local police in Ghorian District and killing 13 of them in an outpost.

As with so many insider attacks at small police posts, the attack capped off with the police dead, the attackers looting all the weapons and ammunition, and fleeing into the countryside before any reinforcements arrived.

These attacks are a big part of how the Taliban rearms itself nearly 20 years into the war. Unsurprisingly, both sides are using the same weapons and ammunition at this point.

There is no sign that the government knows where the attackers went, and that infiltrators so often get away is a big part of why it remains a popular strategy for the Taliban.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.