The Taliban conducted an all-out assault on Ghazni, the capital of the Ghazni province on Friday. Though the attack failed, they killed at least 14 Afghan police officers in the process, wounding another 20. They hit the city from several points of ingress, attempting to overrun it and expel U.S.-backed forces from the city. The attacks began in the earliest hours of the morning — around 2:00 a.m. — and the town was littered with gunfire and fires. The battle extended into the day, and U.S. forces eventually sent air support to bolster Afghan security forces — this meant close air support (attack helicopters) and one drone strike. One Afghan helicopter went down and crash-landed, but the specific reason for this has not yet been made clear.

Eventually the attack was repelled. Afghan forces went from building to building throughout the city, routing any other Taliban forces and expelling them from Ghazni.

Officials are currently investigating the situation, figuring out how the Taliban, despite the failure, managed to mount this successful of an attack.

This report is primarily based on information acquired from the Associated Press.