Afterwards the Taliban announced it was in peace talks with American diplomats in Qatar. Spokesmen for the intelligence agency could not be reached Monday night to comment. They killed dozens of people and repelled two assaults by Afghan troops before they were killed. Sultani said that after the Taliban bombing, four other attackers engaged in a shootout with Afghan troops and that all the attackers were killed.
The Afghan Taliban killed at least 12 security force members in a vehicle bomb attack on a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Monday, officials said. Death tolls varied widely.
The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which followed another incident Sunday in which a suicide bomber used the same tactics to disrupt a government convoy in Logar.
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The Taliban holds sway in nearly half of Afghanistan and carries out attacks on a daily basis, mainly targeting the country's beleaguered security forces. The provincial governor survived the attack, but eight of his bodyguards died. Although the group's battlefield targets are mostly Afghan security forces, its diplomatic target is mainly the United States because the Taliban regards the Kabul government as a US puppet.
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In recent years the Afghan government has stopped releasing detailed casualty figures but USA commanders have said repeatedly that the losses being suffered by Afghan forces are "unsustainable". If the final toll passes 100, it would rank among the highest at any Afghan security compound.
The figure released by Kabul was 12, however.
Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a former deputy interior minister and a military analyst, said the attack was a "tragedy and a big loss to the Afghan security forces". Last year Ghani said 28,000 Afghan police officers and soldiers had been killed since 2015. Key players in the region such as Russia, Iran, India and Uzbekistan "have a history of support for Tajik, Uzbek, and Hazara warlords" in Afghanistan and could be drawn further into the conflict in the event of a sudden United States withdrawal, the report said.
On Monday the Taliban launched a devastating suicide bomb attack on an Afghan military base in Maidan Wardak, killing 45 people. Though the agency's figures were lower than what provincial officials had reported, it was still an unprecedented casualty toll for the agency, among the best equipped and trained in Afghanistan.