Photos Afghan Armed Forces (Prior to 2021)

Afghan special forces patrol the village of Pandola near the site of a US bombing raid in district of Achin, Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan on April 14, 2017.
Afghan Commando of 3rd Tolai, 1st SOK, in poppy field in Khogyani district, May 9, 2013. Kandaks were the primary tactical unit of the Commandos of the now defunct Afghan National Army (ANA).

Operators of the 6th Special Operations Kandak practicing clearing a room during a training exercise in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2013.

Highly trained by U.S green berets, and worked alongside U.S/U.K special forces. They made about 5-7% of the total Afghan security forces (national Army/National Police/Police special forces/Intelligence NDS officers and commandos/KPF) But yet conducted over 80% of the fighting in the last 20 years. Some of the best fighters, most of which died as martyrs with their boots on. During the Taliban 2021 offensive many ANA surrendered/made deals for amnesty, but not these guys. They fought non-stop for weeks until the last bullet and last drop of blood, many also died in their outposts that summer due to shortage of food after multiple days of repeat fighting. Today many of them are still with resistance groups when most national army/police fled.
Special Security Forces (ASSF) training at a training complex in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, during validation exercise training on October 15, 2017.
Commandos of the 6th Special Operations Kandak (6th SOK) take cover during a night-time firefight with the Taliban in Ghorband district, Parwan province, January 15, 2014.
Afghan female soldiers, serving in support of Afghan special forces, during a surprise visit by US official Nancy Pelosi to Afghanistan in October 2019.
Afghan special forces patrol the village of Pandola near the site of a US bombing raid in district of Achin, Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan on April 14, 2017.
Graduation of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) at Camp Comando in Kabul District on July 11, 2013. The ANASOC ranks consisted of members of the two National Army Commandos (ANACDO) and the National Army Special Forces (ANASF).

Inauguration of the ANASOC National Mission Brigade on July 31, 2017.
A soldier with 3rd Commando Kandak makes adjustments to his mounted night vision device before conducting an operation in Kandahar province on 14 November 2010
ANA soldiers keep watch on top of their M117 APC outside of a military compound after a car bomb blast on the outskirts of Ghazni city
Afghan police soldier took a round through his magazines during a firefight.
A soldier of the now defunct National Afghan Army (ANA) firing a MAG 58 during a military manoeuvre on the outskirt of Kabul, Afghanistan on October 17, 2017.
ANA soldiers prepping before going out on an early morning patrol. Korengal Valley (aka Valley of Death), Afghanistan 2009
This picture was taken by photojournalist Franco Pagetti. Apparently the backstory was that an American soldier gifted this mask to an ANA soldier during Halloween, and jokingly mentioned that if the soldier wears the mask in battle, it’ll protect him.
Afghan National Army instructors fire artillery from the 122 milimeter howitzer D-30 Oct. 4, 2010. This demonstration marked the end of the train the trainer course and the opening ceremony for the artillery school where these instructors will teach. 4 October 2010

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