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    Taliban Kill at Least 140 in Afghan Base Attack

    They were “dropping like sparrows.” Believing they were troops transporting wounded comrades, guards waved attackers through one checkpoint outside an Afghan military base in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif, ultimately breached with rockets and explosives. Ten militants, whom the Taliban claimed as members that included four insiders, mowed down soldiers emerging from a mosque and dining facility, killing at least 140 Friday before Afghan commandos reportedly killed those who didn’t blow themselves up. It was the country’s worst on-base assault since 2001 — a grim precursor to the Taliban’s annual spring offensive.

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