At least 20 Afghan commandos were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, marking yet another loss for the elite troops amid a push to end the war.
Provincial governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the special forces soldiers were ambushed Monday after flying into Abkamari district in Badghis province, a known Taliban hot spot. “The commando forces descended… without coordination with other security forces,” Malikzai told AFP.
“They were surrounded by Taliban fighters and fought for hours. Unfortunately, 21 of them were killed. Some were captured,” he added. The Afghan defence ministry had no immediate comment. Abdul Aziz Bek, the head of the Badghis provincial council, put the toll at 29 killed, saying some of the Afghan soldiers had been slain after they’d been captured.