By: Suraya Raiszada
Officials for Ministry of Defense (MoD) say falling a number of districts to the hands of Taliban does not mean Taliban’s strength but the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have retreated to prevent from civilian casualties.
“With due respect to justified concerns of the people, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have serious program to suppress Taliban fighters and free districts that have recently fallen to the hands of Taliban,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesperson to ministry of defense.
He said the situation would soon change in areas captured recently by the Taliban group and the Afghan security forces would be deployed with full strength in the areas.
During recent weeks, insecurities and Taliban attacks have increased unprecedentedly from the country’s north to the south and west. Based on media reports, 11 districts have fallen to the hands of the Taliban group in the past 2 two months. As a result of recent fighting in Ghor, Shahrak district of the province has fallen to the hands of Taliban and fighting is ongoing between ANDSF and Taliban in two other districts of the province.
Meanwhile, Chak district in Maidan Wardak and Qisar district in Faryab have recently fallen to hands of the Taliban group. Besides, five other districts in Urzgan, Ghazni, Zabul and Nooristan provinces have fallen to the Taliban in the past one week.
According to the country’s defense and security organs, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have tactically retreated in some of the respective districts. Tactically retreating from districts by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have somehow made the process of district collapsing process accelerated.
Nevertheless, a spokesperson to Afghanistan National Security Council by rejecting recent claims in connection with retreating tactically from some districts, weak action of ANDSF and defeat, saying that Taliban have recently intensified violence and war in recent weeks as they have intended to capture more areas, loot public infrastructures and military bases.
“Retreating and progress in battlefields and wars are natural- Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are fighting independently to defend the country and its people,” said Rahmatullah Andar, a spokesperson to the country’s National Security Council.
Currently, fighting is underway in most of the country’s provinces and it is said that a number of districts are about to fall to the hand of the Taliban group.
A number of Afghan military experts believe that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces with increasing capabilities and abilities can defend the country and its people they are home-loving soldiers. “In current situation in which serious fighting is ongoing, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces should keep strategic and key corridors under their control and there should be a way to send them possible supply and equipment,” Javed Kohistani, an Afghan military expert said.
He said that ANDSF should act more professionally and not let fighting extended to all other provinces and districts in the country.
With the US announcement for full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September, Taliban have intensified and increased their attacks on districts and provincial cities and are making effort to somehow escape from peace talks by attacking and capturing more areas in the country.