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"9,000 USA troops are on the ground trying to help the Afghan army hold back a resurgent Taliban", announced Anchor Scott Pelley during CBS Evening News, "But the job is getting tougher by the day thanks in part to Moscow".

The Taliban also claimed responsibility for another attack Monday at Camp Chapman, a base that houses Central Intelligence Agency and USA special operations forces.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops. He is the first member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to visit Afghanistan.

The Afghan Defense Minister resigned after the Taliban attack on government forces where over 170 soldiers were killed.

Commander of United States forces in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson along with Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told a news conference in Kabul that arming belligerents is not the best way forward to a peaceful reconciliation.

Referring to the alleged Russian meddling, Gen Nicholson said "anyone who arms belligerents who perpetuate attacks" isn't focused on "the best way forward to a peaceful reconciliation".

The war began in October 2001.

The raid, the deadliest-ever by the Taliban on a military base, underscores their growing strength more than 15 years after they were ousted from power.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, meets U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, left, and his delegation at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday, April 24, 2017.

Angry Afghans had called for the resignations of minister Abdullah Habibi and army chief Qadam Shah Shaheem, among other officials, after the assault outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.

More than a third of Afghanistan is outside government control and many regions are fiercely contested by various insurgent groups, as Kabul's repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed. The CIA provided arms to Afghans resisting Soviet troops which analysts believe ended up falling into the hands of both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The Afghan military and security forces, with 195,000 soldiers and more than 150,000 policemen, have struggled in fighting the insurgency on their own.

  • Leroy Wright