UPDATED 2:12 PM PT — Monday, September 23, 2019
U.S. Special Forces and the Afghan military carried out a deadly raid against Al-Qaeda militants in Southern Afghanistan. American and Afghan commandos, with the support from a U.S. gunship AC-130, reportedly destroyed an Al-Qaeda compound in the province of Helmand over the weekend.
At least 20 Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed in the joint raid. U.S. military officials said an additional 22 Taliban militants were killed on the scene, while six terror suspects were arrested.
Following the raid, Afghan officials called on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.
“The Afghan government and the Afghan national security, we all are extending our hand for the peace process and has given the opportunity for the Taliban to come,” stated Afghani Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi.
Separate reports alleged civilian casualties during the raid in Helmand. Some claimed the Al-Qaeda compound was close to civilian buildings.
Meanwhile, U.S. commandos suffered no casualties in the raid, while several Afghan troops were wounded.