Thursday, October 13, 2016

Taliban Fighters Ambushed And Killed A Battalion Of Retreating Afghan Troops In Helmand Province

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).


Aizino Smith said...

When is a 100 people a battalion?

Typically a battalion consists of 300 to 800 soldiers and is divided into a number of companies.

Stephen Davenport said...

Yeah I pretty much call bullshit on this story, like the Kunduz thing its propaganda from the Taliban and their media fanboys. We all have seen countless combat videos showing the Taliban shooting for shit and pretty much avoiding heavy close combat. They have got a big hit on the army but probably killed maybe a dozen or so and took heavy casualties themselves. In short they do not have the forces to kill a battalion, they do not shoot well, they avoid close combat with armed troops and this is a bullshit story.