Taliban fighters in Takhar province, northern Afghanistan, launched a deadly attack on Afghan government forces early Thursday. According to Voice of America (VOA), the raid was executed by the Taliban’s commando team, dubbed “Red Unit,” which used night vision goggles to infiltrate several Afghan National Army (ANA) positions before assaulting the main base in the Khwaja Ghar district.
Conflicting reports about casualties place the number of ANA soldiers killed between 30 and 70. A spokesman for the ANA told reporters that they have suffered “heavy casualties,” according to Gulf News. The ANA reports that Taliban forces also suffered casualties, including the loss of several commanders, but did not provide a figure.