In mid-November, a group of elite Taliban commandos outfitted with U.S-made assault weapons and night-vision goggles wiped out dozens of Afghan security forces in a series of brazen raids across southern and western Afghanistan. The tactics and gear utilized by the so-called Red Unit sent a wave of anxiety through U.S. and Afghan defense officials already struggling to beat back the rising tide of a Taliban resurgence since the official end of NATO combat operations in 2014.

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Army photo by Spc. Anthony Jackson

Taliban commandos equipped with night-vision goggles and American-made M4 assault rifles carried out a string of devastating attacks in southern and western Afghanistan over a 36-hour period on Nov. 13 and 14, killing scores of Afghan security personnel, The New York Times reports.

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