On November 26, Taliban fighters attacked two positions of the Afghan Army in Naish district of the southern Kandahar province, according to the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad. Over 19 soldiers of the Afghan Army were killed by Taliban fighters during the attack, while the Taliban lost only 2 fighters according to the source.
Voice of Jihad also reported that Taliban fighters captured a position of the Afghan Army in Arghistan district, also in Kandahar province. During the attack, Taliban fighters killed 9 Afghan soldiers and destroyed a vehicle of the army, according to Voice of Jihad.
In the southern Helmand province, Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints of the Afghan Army and police in Said district. 14 Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed, and 2 vehicles of the Afghan Army were destroyed by Taliban fighters during the attack, according to Voice of Jihad.
On November 14, an Afghan official told the New York Times newspaper that 23-70 soldiers and officers of the Afghan Army were killed in a similar series of attacks conducted by the Taliban’s special forces known as the “Red Unit”.
The official claimed that these Taliban special forces units are backed by Russia, Iran and Pakistan. However, the Taliban is still capable of conducting such successful hit and run attacks likely because the Afghan Army faces significant problems with corruption and is not receiving an effective military support from the US.