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Afghan Special Forces Commander Defects to Militants

 Monsif Khan, a top Afghan special forces commander in the Kunar Province, has defected to the Hezb-e Islami militant faction, marking the first time a special forces commander of such high rank has switched sides in the ongoing war.
According to Kunar governor Shuja Jalala, Khan sent his team members off on leave and escaped with a Humvee and all the gear for the special forces unit he was in charge of, including guns, night-vision goggles and other gear.

Hezb-e Islami has its origins in the Islamist resistance to the Soviet puppet state in the 1970s, when it was founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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