Most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan routed by the Taliban, another sign the war is a lost cause

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Afghan special forces, trained by the US, are apparently no match for the Taliban.
  • The most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan suffered a devastating defeat to the Taliban in what’s often referred to as the country’s “safest district” over the weekend, yet another sign the war is a lost cause.
  • Over 30 of the US-trained commandos were reportedly killed in a district that is “famous” for how peaceful it is.
  • The Taliban has made major gains over the past year or so, and controls or contests 61% of the country’s districts.
  • In October, America’s top general in the Middle East said he’s confident Afghan security forces can defend the country against the Taliban, but there are few signs they can consistently do so.

The most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan suffered a devastating defeat to the Taliban in what’s often referred to as the country’s “safest district” over the weekend, in yet another sign the war is a lost cause.

Early on Sunday, a company of roughly 50 Afghan special-forces commandos was almost entirely destroyed in the rural district of Jaghori, according to a report from The New York Times.

Over 30 of the US-trained commandos were killed, The Times said, in a district that is “famous” for how peaceful it is.

The scene in Jaghori’s capital, Sang-e-Masha, was reportedly quite a depressing one following the fighting, as soldiers and policemen fought back tears as they piled bodies and bandaged commandos wandered the streets in “apparent despair.” Officials discussed the best escape plan as the Taliban surrounded the district, which is apparently on the brink of falling to the Taliban.

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