Important investigation by @LynzyBilling on an unreported December attack at the (in)famous Camp Chapman, which indicates how the US military is hushing violence to protect the Doha agreement. I am quoted in the story with @and_huh_what and @MichaelKugelman.
"The attack killed four members of the Khost Protection Force, or KPF—a CIA-trained and equipped militia that maintains an iron grip on the province—as well as three Afghan soldiers and at least six civilians."
"Employees at the base familiar with the situation confirmed that U.S. advisers were still at Chapman at the time of the attack."
"The attack on Chapman is not the first apparent violation of the U.S.–Taliban agreement. Rocket attacks hit several bases housing American troops, including Camp late July..."
"...and Camp Dwyer, a large U.S. military base about 50 miles south of Bastion, in late August. And in December, Bagram Airfield—the largest American base in Afghanistan— was targeted..."

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