A CRACK team of SAS fighters have volunteered to avenge the deaths of 13 US troops killed in a suicide bomb at Kabul aiport in Afghanistan.
The diehard squad reportedly has 40 members who have asked to stay in the country so they can take the fight to terrorist group IS-K.
Sources have claimed that the Who Dares Wins regiment will want to establish a base near to the Afghan-Pakistan border area to conduct undercover strikes.
The ultra-violent Islamic State Khorasan Province jihadists based in eastern Afghanistan were behind the bomb and gun attack which killed 170 people on Thursday.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack as the terror group released a picture of the suicide bomber.
The terrorist group said one of its suicide bombers had targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army."
The SAS squad’s base will be used by the Royal Navy’s SBS special forces, the US Army’s Delta Force and the US Navy Seals – the unit which killed al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
All of the troops will be supported by drones as well as US and possibly British strike planes, with defence sources claiming that the Taliban will give them approval to operate in Afghanistan.
British and US special forces will be organised in a similar manner as the Task Force Black which operated during the Iraq war.
In a shock move, senior commanders have also refused to rule out the possibility of the task force working alongside the Taliban to take on IS-K.
Islamic State named Abdul Rehman Al-Loghri as one of the airport bombers which killed 13 US servicemen, around 170 Afghans, including two UK nationals.
One source told the Sunday Mirror: “The Marines who died were from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Force.
"That unit has given assistance to the SAS and SBS many times over the years in Afghanistan.
“They have helped resupply them with food and ammunition and treated their wounded.
“There is a strong bond between the two units, especially with the SBS who recruit largely from the Royal Marines.”
President Joe Biden pledged that the US would “hunt down” the terrorist who killed the servicemen, telling the world in a televised address “we will not forget.”
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US troops carried out a drone strike on an IS-K “planner” and another member of the jihadist group in the US military’s first act of revenge for the airport attack.
American forces said in a statement: “Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”
But the Taliban condemned the killings, with a spokesman describing it as a “clear attack on Afghan territory”.
Up to 30% of the Taliban are now composed of former Afghan army soldiers trained by British and US forces, with thousands of troops switching sides when the country fell to the insurgents.
But Colonel Richard Kemp, a former British commander in Afghanistan, said mass desertions were always on the cards in the ongoing situation.
He said: “It’s not surprising. For many Afghan soldiers is a matter of survival both physically and financially which often trumps any ideological motivation.
"With the Taliban now in control it makes sense to join them especially if death is the alternative.
“In any case many Afghans signed up to the national security forces for the pay alone, not for any desire to defend Afghanistan against the Taliban.
“Even while serving, many Afghans were already on the side of the Taliban either through choice or because they or their families were pressured.
“There were many cases of these soldiers turning on the Britons and Americans they were serving with.”
Sources have also claimed that MI6 are holding secret talks with the Taliban, and that British spooks wanted to tell them the war is over as far as the UK is concerned provided they do not give any terrorist sanctuary.
Taliban leaders were also told that the UK would be willing to reopen the embassy in Kabul and provide assistance to the new government providing there are no more human rights abuses.
At least two British generals also had to be talked out of resigning following the collapse of the Afghan army and the failure to evacuate interpreters.
Both officers are believed to have considered their positions as a matter of honour but are understood to have been told that their resignations would serve no useful purpose.
It comes as the last UK civilian evacuation flight left the airport on Saturday and left 150 British passport holders still stranded in the city.
Thousands of Afghan nationals were left at the mercy of the Taliban but Boris Johnson claimed that they needed “a moment to reflect on everything we have sacrificed and everything we have achieved in the last two decades”.
The Prime Minister today hailed the “colossal” British troops as the final flight from Kabul landed in Brize Norton this morning.
It ended the biggest military evacuation in 80 years, and signalled the end of two decades of military involvement in war-torn Afghanistan.
More than 15,000 people including 5,000 British nationals have been airlifted to safety in less than two weeks under Operation Pitting.
RAF pilots flew 261,000 miles to carry evacuees to safety — among them 8,000 vulnerable Afghans, many of whom worked for the UK as interpreters or embassy officials.
Crowded on to 100 planes, the lucky ones — 2,200 of them children and the youngest barely a day old — will get the opportunity to build a new life in the UK.
One C-17 transporter plane leaving Kabul this week carried 436 people, the single biggest capacity flight in RAF history.
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