WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (AFP): A Taliban commander fighting US troops in Afghanistan made his debut on US television Tuesday, claiming that his troops had killed three US Navy Seals and downed a Chinook helicopter.
Thirty-five-year-old Commander Ismail was interviewed by NBC News in August and again this month with his face covered except for his eyes.
Both times, the Taliban made sure their location remained a secret, the network said.
An NBC producer was taken on a confusing seven hour odyssey to an unknown location, where Ismail then appeared.
Ismail said that in June, he deliberately laid a trap for US special forces in Afghanistan.