Commander Of Taliban Special Forces Killed In NATO Airstrike (Video)

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On December 5, The NATO’s mission in Afghanistan “Resolute Support” announced in an official statement that it has killed Mullah Shah Wali, the commander of the infamous Taliban special force “Red Units”.

The airstrike destroyed his car in Musa Qala district of the southern Helmand province on December 1. According to the statement, his deputy commander and three other Taliban fighters were also killed in the airstrike.

Resolute Support said that the Taliban’s Red Units had planned and conducted dozens of suicide and IED attacks against the Afghan Army, Police and the NATO in Afghanistan. Wali personally was responsible for drug and arms trafficking in Helmand province, according to General John Nicholson, US Forces-Afghanistan commander.

“Mullah Shah Wali’s death will disrupt the Taliban network, degrade their narcotics trafficking, and hinder their ability to conduct attacks against Afghan forces … USFOR-A and our Afghan partners will continue to aggressively target Taliban leaders to destroy their drug network, disrupt their communications, and deny them safe haven,” Gen. Nicholson said.

The Taliban’s Red Units are considered a very effective force well known for its successful nigh hit and run attacks. A report of the New York Times revealed that up to 70 Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed by Red Units in night attacks between November 13 and 14 only.

The killing of Wali is for sure a huge blow to the Taliban. However, it will not likely affect the efficiency of the Taliban’s Red Units as Resolute Support claimed.

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  • Rodger

    Wow, blew up a car that might have possibly contained one of your former assets. The US must be so proud!

    • testera

      Well, they became former only after the explosion. Common way of retirement for assets.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    The only way “drug trafficking” in AFG is going to stop is booting out the CIA and restoring the Taliban to governance.

  • Pave Way IV

    “…USFOR-A and our Afghan partners will continue to aggressively target Taliban leaders to destroy their drug network, disrupt their communications, and deny them safe haven,” Gen. Nicholson said…”

    …because that kind of forward-thinking, cutting-edge military strategy worked so incredibly f’king well for the last 16 years. The Taliban are bound to throw in the towel any day now. Outstanding, Nicholson – here’s a medal, you Goddamn hero! Saddle up the troops and get the fuck out of there NOW – Afghanistan has been saved.