Militia takes a page from insurgent playbook in fight against Taliban
27 June 2021 | 5:25 pm
As fighting between government forces and the Taliban rages across Afghanistan, a covert militia is also engaging the insurgents in fierce battles in the southern province of Helmand. The Sangorians, named after a popular Turkish television soap about an undercover security force, dress similarly to the Taliban and even boast dozens of disillusioned insurgents in their ranks.
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