Taliban’s “Red Unit” commander for Helmand Province killed

NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan
Story by Maj. Anthony Mayne

Date: 12.05.2017
Posted: 12.04.2017 23:57
News ID: 257431
Taliban’s “Red Unit” commander for Helmand Province killed

Taliban’s “Red Unit” commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka Haji Nasir, was killed in a kinetic strike in Musa Qal'ah, Helmand, Dec. 1, 2017. One of Wali’s deputy commanders and three other insurgents were also killed in the strike.

Wali and his Red Unit are responsible for planning numerous suicide bombings, IED attacks, and coordinated assaults against civilians, Afghan and coalition forces. Wali was directly responsible for coordinating operations and resupply of munitions, explosives, and materials for the Taliban throughout Helmand province.

The Taliban in Helmand Province are a responsible for the poppy cultivation and opium trade that funds Taliban anti-government agenda.