Afghan troops go lacking after fleeing battle with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officers say round 100 troopers fled their posts and tried to cross into neighboring Turkmenistan throughout a weeklong battle with the Taliban, within the newest setback for the nation’s battered safety forces.
Mohammad Naser Nazari, a provincial council member within the western Badghis province, stated Sunday the troopers weren’t allowed to cross the border and their destiny stays unknown. The Taliban have posted photos of captured troopers on social media.
Jamshid Shahabi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, says 16 troopers have been killed throughout the ongoing battle, wherein the army carried out a number of airstrikes and dispatched reinforcements. He says quite a few troopers tried to flee, with out offering a precise quantity.
The Taliban successfully management almost half the nation and assault Afghan safety forces each day.