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article imageTaliban kill 25 Afghan elite commandos in clash

By Ken Hanly     Jul 18, 2019 in World
Abdul Malakazi, governor of the Badghis province in Afghanistan claims that 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in clashes with the Taliban.
The deadly incident
The incident happened on July 15 in Badghis province in the northern part of Afghanistan. This is just the latest incident in which the specially trained commandos have been subject to very high death tolls. Governor Malakazi blamed the incident on a lack of coordination for the casualties but did not elaborate. However, he did claim that more than 20 Taliban fighters had also been killed.
Qari Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the Taliban claimed that at least commandos were killed and 16 soldiers had been captured. The Taliban and Afghan authorities often differ on casualty numbers. Badghis province located along the border with Turkmenistan is frequently subject to Taliban attacks.
Just on July 13 the Taliban attacked a hotel in Qal-e Naw killing at least six people.
The elite Afghan commandos are trained by the US
The elite commando units are the Afghan armed forces best fighters but there are only about 20,000 of them so they are stretched thin across the country. Over many years the US has spent millions of dollars training and equipping them.
The war is not going well and other commando units have lost members
The costly clash comes as the Afghan army continues to suffer high casualties and desertion rates as it struggles to fend off the aggressive Taliban that continues to challenge and take over new areas. In November 2018 the elite commandos lost almost an entire unit of 50 fighters in fighting in the same restive province.
Taliban insider kills Afghan commander
A recent article gives details of another Taliban action: " Details have emerged on an insider attack on Wednesday in Afghanistan, when an Afghan soldier shot and killed the commander of the Afghan Army’s 3rd division, Col. Mateen Mujtaba, in the Ghazni Province. Afghan officials reported this was an insider attack, saying the soldier who killed the colonel was a Taliban insider, and was killed himself when other troops returned fire during his shooting. They claimed only the colonel was killed. " "
A Taliban account of the incident claims US solders were killed as well. The Taliban attacks continue as there are ongoing peace talks in Qatar as shown on the appended photo.
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