An Afghan regional governor said 25 members of the country’s elite commando units have been killed in fighting with the Taliban.
The incident, which occurred on July 15 in the northern province of Badghis, is the latest in which specially trained Afghan military units have suffered unusually high death tolls.
In comments to RFE/RL, Badghis Governor Abdul Ghaffar Malakzai blamed a lack of coordination as the main reason for the deaths of the commandos. He did not elaborate.
He also said that more than 20 Taliban militants were killed in the clashes.
Badghis, located along the border with Turkmenistan, has been the scene of frequent Taliban attacks.”
Afghan commando unit suffers 25 killed in clashes near Turkmenistan border
David G · 11 months ago
Losing this many "elite commandos" in a single engagement is just unacceptable. We are putting our ODAs out there to train these guys risking their lives for what? What is the issue? Not enough support from the Afghan government? Recruiting? And from your article, it sounds like this is an ongoing issue.
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