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Taliban kill dozens at army HQ in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: Dozens of Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded on Friday when Taliban gunmen disguised in Afghan army uniform talked their way past checkpoints and attacked a military base, officials said. A US official in Washington put the toll at more than 50 killed and wounded. Afghan officials offered conflicting numbers of casualties in the incident, at a major headquarters in northern Afghanistan often used by foreign military advisers. The Western-backed Afghan government is locked in a prolonged…