The Red Unit, also known as the Reg Group, is a Taliban special forces unit founded in 2016.
The “Red Unit” is thought to be equipped with advanced weapons, including night vision scopes, 82mm rockets, heavy machine guns and U.S.-made assault rifles, according to the Afghan military.
It is thought to have about 300 members, and has launched surprise attacks on Afgan forces using Russian-made night vision goggles.
The Taliban has released videos and images showing the fighters attacking a military checkpoint and engaging in specialised training drills.
The commander of the Taliban’s “special forces” branch, known as the “Red Unit,” was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air operation in Helmand.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Musa Qala, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Afghanistan (AF) is estimated to have a population of 27.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 3.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 4.4 million.