Sunday, October 20, 2013

Afghan Army Comdr. Defects to Taliban Group; Flees in Humvee with Guns, High-Tech Equip.

An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a U.S. Humvee truck packed with his team's guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said today (October 20, 2013), according to the Reuters website.

Monsif Khan -- who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar's capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday -- is the first special forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organization.

"He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars, and a Humvee," said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar.

Zubair Sediqi -- a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami -- confirmed that Khan had joined the group, saying he had brought 15 guns and high-tech equipment.

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