More than 20 elite Afghan commandos killed in Taliban ambush

At least 20 Afghan commandos were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, according to officials, marking yet another loss for the elite troops amid a push to end the war.

Badghis 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. They were surrounded by Taliban fighters and fought for hours. But unfortunately, 21 of them were killed. Some were captured,” he added.

The Afghan defence ministry had no immediate comment.

The Afghan war grinds on even as the U.S and the Taliban have held talks about a possible peace agreement, with Afghan fighters and the Taliban still taking daily losses.

On Saturday, four Afghan security forces were killed in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, when Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel.

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