Taliban Seize Sar-e-Pul's Kohistanat District

News - Afghanistan

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:00 Written by Sayed Sharif Amiri

Taliban insurgents have seized control of Kohistanat district in Sar-e-Pul province and several villages in Kunduz province over the past two days, local officials said on Tuesday.

In line with this, the Ministry of Defense, Dawlat Waziri said that more troops will deployed to the north of Afghanistan and a large scale military operation will be launched in the near future.

Waziri said that the collapse of districts should not create panic among the people.

"The collapse of a district is not something to panic about, we have programs for recapturing these areas which have fallen and a number of troops will be deployed to the north," he said.

Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents reportedly seized control of as many as 80 villages on Monday night in northern Kunduz province, officials said.

The incident took place after Taliban insurgents attacked Khan Abad district in Kunduz two days ago and started clashing with residents in the district. The residents are fighting the insurgents, head of provincial council of Kunduz, Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi said.

However, insurgents launched attacks in Qala-e-Zal area of the province on Tuesday, said officials.

Badakhshan MP Fawzia Kofi said: "The negligence of government, lack of management of the war, improvements of the insurgents and not motivating combat troops are the main reasons for the increase in attacks in the north of Afghanistan."

Meanwhile, Mohammad Azim Mohseni, MP from northern Baghlan province has criticized the lack of air and intelligence support by US troops in the north of the country.

"Our concern is that the number of the insurgents may be about 2,000 and about 30,000 of our troops cannot target them. The US troops have operations in the east and south of the country but we don't see any U.S drone operations in the north," he said.

Afghan security officials believe however that the war increased in the north and east of the country after insurgent groups came over the border from Waziristan in Pakistan.

Concerns have however been raised over why Afghanistan did nothing to prevent the problem after Pakistan military forces launched an operation to clear insurgents from Waziristan.

Source : tolonews[dot]com
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