Afghan Taliban new unit "Red Division" playing havoc in night ops across Afghanistan
KABUL - Afghan Taliban new unit is called the Red Division and is based close to the Tajikistan border.
*Local security commanders in Kunduz province told TOLOnews on Monday that a new arm of Taliban has emerged in the past few months in the province and that the fighters carry out night attacks on security forces.*
According to security officials, the new Taliban fighting unit is known as Red Division and is based along the bordering area between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Officials also said the group is well equipped.
In recent months Taliban attacks have increased in these border areas, said officials adding that the Taliban’s Red Division is behind these attacks.
The officials said some foreign fighters are also part of the Red Division.
“Red Division (fighters are) being trained and funded by some foreign groups and this is questionable. Some offensives that they have carried out have been above the Taliban’s (usual) capacity in terms of tactics, movements and functioning ,” Hamid Saifi, a commander of the national army’s operation in Dasht-e-Archi said.
They denied having links to any foreign countries and said they get their weapons in raids on security posts.
“Due to Taliban's ties to Russians, they want to have control over Dasht-e-Archi and keep a safe and continued relationship with Russia across the Amu River,” Hamid Saifi said.
According to security officials, the Red Division is based in a forested area along the Tajikistan border – which has roads connecting the area to Khawja Ghar district in Takhar and Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz.