Commandos deployed to Afghanistan

Special forces soldiers have been deployed to Afghanistan to protect Danish troops that have come under heavy fire in recent weeks

The Ministry of Defence has deployed an unidentified number of elite special forces soldiers to Afghanistan to provide cover for troops facing attacks from the Taleban.

The 100 Danish ground troops in the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan have found themselves in the crosshairs of Taleban forces on a nearly daily basis since arriving just under a month ago.

The minister of defence, Søren Gade, admitted the attacks hindered troops from conducting patrols.

'We have sent a number of special forces out of recognition of the current situation in the camp at Musa Qala,' Gade said at a press conference Wednesday.

Gade alluded to the surprisingly stiff resistance shown by the Taleban forces. In the past month, the Danish force has been attacked 50 times, wounding eight soldiers.

The casualty numbers stand in stark contrast to those from Iraq, where only three Danish soldiers have lost their lives since 2003.

The special forces, which are headquartered at the Aalborg Air Base in Jutland, are trained in anti-insurgency warfare. The military command hoped their presence would aid the Danish troops stationed in southern Afghanistan under British command.

The military was hesitant, however, to provide too much information about the mission, said Colonel Henrik Sommer, head of operations.

'Since we are dealing with an ongoing mission, we have instituted a restrictive information policy and will not provide details about how many specialists have been deployed,' said Sommer.

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