the Taliban shot 22 Afghan commandos in the northern province of Faryab on Tuesday, the Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed to Fox News.
Ammunition for special forces members ran out as they fought with terrorist militants, leading them to surrender.
The Taliban told them to take off their bulletproof vests amid the surrender, then shot dead all 22 soldiers, including the son of a senior Afghan general, the defense ministry said. A allegedly unverified video of the incident is circulating online.
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In what appears to have been a separate attack on an Afghan convoy on Tuesday, commandos leading to Humvees were attempting to extract a wounded policeman captured by the Taliban when they were caught in gunfire and explosions, Reuters reported.
The violence comes just days after Pentagon Press secretary John Kirby described on June 9 the “worrying” advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan as the US military withdrew its troops from the country after 20 years.
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Government officials fired the Taliban’s claim that they had taken control of 85 percent of Afghan territory at the time, claiming it was part of a propaganda campaign, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) estimates that the U.S. military has completed more than 90 percent of the withdrawal process, the command said in a July 6 statement. update.
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Long War Journal of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) described the security situation in Afghanistan having deteriorated “rapidly”, noting that during the six days ending July 5, the Taliban had taken control of nearly 10% of the whole country.
In total, the Taliban controlled 195 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts and challenged 129 others as of July 5, compared to just 73 and 210 on May 1, according to the FDD. real-time evaluations.
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