Afghan-special-forces-free-60-hostages-from-Taliban. NOWZAD, Afghanistan, Afghan special forces freed 60 prisons held in a makeshift Taliban prison in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to the U.S.-led mission.
The rescue mission, taking place in a Helmand province, was carried out overnight by Afghanistan’s counter-terrorism unit and commando forces, according to a statement. NATO said its troops had “supported their Afghan partners in a train, advise and assist role.”
Two Taliban members were killed and several were detained.
In December, 40 hostages were released in a similar operation.
No details were released on the latest free hostages, who were taken to Kandahar for debriefing.
Approximately 10,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, including 3,000 in a counter-terrorism role.
The Taliban controls large portions of Helmand province.
By Allen Cone