Over the weekend, the Afghan National Army suffered one of its worst losses of life when unarmed soldiers leaving prayer services were ambushed by Taliban soldiers disguised as fellow Army members.

To give perspective and “eyes-on-the-ground” experience, Buck brought on Zack Asmus, a writer for SOFREP and former Air Force Combat Controller who recently completed a deployment in Afghanistan.

“This is not where you see the most complex and deadly attacks,” Buck said, referring to the Balkh Province where the attack took place.

Asmus agreed. “It’s abnormal. This is tightly controlled by the provincial government. Some of my colleagues spent time there, and told me it’s extremely safe. It’s a signal that things may be changing a little bit.”

Buck mentioned that this was the single deadliest engagement since the war began.

“And they’ve been conservative with the numbers,” said Asmus. “I’ve heard up to as many as 200 dead.”

“You just shouldn’t have a military base where 90% of people have laid down their arms,” said Asmus. “Their whole culture needs to change if they’re going to be serious about their security.”

“Tell us about that,” said Buck, “what are the basic attitudes of the soldiers that are supposed to be doing the fighting for this side?”