Afghan special forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah yesterday. ABDUL MAILK/REUTERS
Reuters: Taliban fighters ambush, kill dozens of retreating Afghan troops
Taliban militants ambushed and killed around 100 Afghan police and soldiers earlier this week as they tried to retreat, the heaviest losses suffered by government forces during months of fierce clashes near the capital of southern Helmand province.
On Tuesday, dozens of Afghan police and soldiers were cut down as they withdrew from their positions in Chah-e-Anjir, about 12 km outside the city of Lashkar Gah, having been surrounded and besieged for days.
"We were one battalion there and, except me and two others, no one came out alive," Faiz Mohammad, an army soldier who survived the ambush, told Reuters in Lashkar Gah, a bloodied bandage wrapped around his head.
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Update #1: Taliban reportedly kills 100 Afghan troops in Helmand capital (Long War Journal)
Update #2: War in Afghanistan: Taliban Massacres 100 Afghan Soldiers and Cops as Militants Advance in South (IBTimes).
WNU Editor: The Afghan Taliban offensive continues .... Afghanistan: Taliban captures Ghormach district (Al Jazeera). More here .... Taliban in Afghanistan Threaten to Overrun Capital of Helmand Province (WSJ). But even as the Taliban continue winning on the battlefield, the Pentagon is promoting a different story .... Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless (The Diplomat).