IDF Special Forces allegedly operating in Afghanistan

Shayetet 13 training includes conducting special ops with other IDF elite units (Photo: Gadi Kabalo)

Iranian media outlets claim that Israel sent his special forces operators to Afghanistan to gather intelligence about Iranian military movements, Israel National News reported.

Earlier this week, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that Israeli SOF operators were operating from an American Air Force base in Shindand, in the western province of Herat, about 75 kilometers from the Iranian border.

According to the report, the operators are gathering intelligence on Iranian movements in the Persian Gulf region. The Russian news site Sputnik reported the Israelis were allegedly working “under the flags of the United States and the United Arab Emirates.”

Sputnik quoted an expert on Israeli affairs, Semyon Tzippis, who said that the IDF operators’ activities were carried out within the framework of the United States forces stationed there, and that this was done with the knowledge of the Afghan government.

Tzippis claimed these are elite IDF units taking advantage of their stay there also to practice operations in the difficult terrain there. More details to follow.