Afghan Cop Single-Handedly Takes On Dozens of Taliban in 18-Hour Firefight

A wounded and trapped Afghan policeman managed to hold off dozens of Taliban insurgents for 18 hours until he was finally rescued.

Ahmad Shah had been dispatched along with 14 others to a checkpoint on the edge of Kandahar but was left as the sole officer when the advancing Taliban attacked.

He was the only officer who did not surrender to the Taliban and continued to fight against the rapidly advancing force.

Despite being wounded, Shah held on for 18 hours until reinforcements, who were sent to push the Taliban back, rescued him.

Reuters reported the gunfight between the Taliban and between 30-40 special forces in Humvees escalated and that the convoy came under rocket fire.

The special forces forced their way to Shah's location and he was hurriedly taken into one of the vehicles, according to the agency.

According to Tolo News, Shah is now in a stable condition.

He told the outlet: "I did not surrender, I did not lay down my arms and I fought back. The enemy is very weak. They want to frighten us through their propaganda. I learned that no one should fear the enemy in real life."

Shah also told Reuters: "We were 15 [policemen], and all my comrades surrendered [to the Taliban] except me."

The officer added: "I told myself that I'm not going to do that and as long as I have a gun, why should I give up?"

Shah's defiant struggle reveals the perilous position that Afghan forces are in as they continue to face down the Taliban.

The Taliban has recently made rapid gains across the country as the U.S. undergoes final preparations for its withdrawal in August.

Last week, the insurgent force claimed it controlled 85 percent of the country. While the claims are difficult to verify, they do control much more than a third of Afghanistan's 421 districts.

President Joe Biden will move to airlift Afghan interpreters and other personnel who served alongside the U.S. military mission in an undertaking named "Operation Allied Refuge."

It comes after Biden announced that all U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan by August 31, ahead of the September 11 deadline he previously set in April.

His predecessor, former President Donald Trump, had negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban last year for a U.S. exit that had originally been planned for this May.

When U.S. troops leave, it will bring an end to the country's longest war in its history, having been launched by former President George W. Bush in 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks earlier that year.

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Afghan security personnel stand guard along the road amid ongoing fight between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Kandahar on July 9, 2021. Ahmad Shah (not pictured) held off the Taliban for 18 hours. JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images