Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the group had worked through the men's parents and village elders, convincing them that members of the security forces should stop supporting Afghanistan's occupiers, NBC News reported. Instead, they decided to join the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" in Nandarhar, a province near Pakistan.
The defections took place Tuesday, Mujahid said.
His report could not be independently confirmed, NBC said.
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