Taliban Slaughter Elite Afghan Troops, and a ‘Secure’ District Is Falling

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“The Taliban attacked us as a result of that is the place all the faculties are, and since right here there are much more ladies in class than boys,” mentioned Mubarez Nabizada, who works for the charity Shuhada, which runs orphanages and a hospital.

The spot of hardest combating has been Hotqol, a market city a couple of miles from the district capital, Sang-e-Masha. Beginning on Nov. 5, the Taliban ambushed eight border outposts in Hotqol, all manned by native militiamen, an off-the-cuff grouping of armed locals with out official authorities help.

A celebrated Hazara commander from the anti-Soviet jihad days, Gen. Habibullah Bashi, was among the many useless on the primary day, and 30 of his armed followers went lacking, together with three of his sons, all presumed killed, in keeping with his 19-year-old son, Mohammadi Bashi.

“I buried my father, however we weren’t capable of finding my brothers,” he mentioned.

Basic Bashi’s private bodyguard, Sayid Hussein, additionally fled, and on Sunday was sitting dejectedly behind a pickup truck with a machine gun mounted on the cab. Like many native Hazaras, he was indignant that the federal government had not given them extra help.

“All they provide us is guarantees, however what can we do with guarantees?” he mentioned. “Twenty from my household are useless.”

The governor of Jaghori District, Zafar Sharif, mentioned that there had been no Afghan troops within the district earlier than the commandos arrived on Wednesday — solely 250 law enforcement officials, plus the casual militia teams. About 1,000 Taliban had attacked, he mentioned.

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