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ANDSF’s role to be different in 1,400, Mohib

By: Raiszada

Afghanistan high-ranking security officials in a joint news conference the other day said role of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) would be different comparing to previous years.
Speaking to journalists in the news conference, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Muhob informed of overall preparation for fighting Taliban fighters during the new solar year, saying that active defense position of the country’s defense and security forces would be different during the current new year.
“Due to unacquaintance of the country’s defense and security forces of the active defense position in 2020, Afghan forces suffered heavy casualties,” Mohib said, stressing that role of the forces will change although ANDSF will be in active defense position. He said that in the new active defense position, they could go and address any threats if posed by armed opponent groups anywhere in the country.
Pointing to preparation of the country’s defense and security forces, Mohib said spring operation would not be declared by the country’s defense and security organs for the year 1400, but serious action would be taken to address threats if posed in any districts of the country.
“Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have taken all preparations for counter terrorism and fighting the Taliban group for the year 1400,” Mohib said, adding that Taliban’s attacks against the country’s defense and security forces showed 24 percent increase in 2020 comparing to previous years.
Meanwhile, deputy minister of interior Saboor Qani, speaking to journalists in the press conference, said most widespread attacks of the Taliban have been repulsed and defeated by ANDSF despite that the security forces have been in defense position.
“During the year 1399, Taliban made continued effort to capture large areas of the country, but they have failed to do so and they have been suppressed in all provinces of the country,” Qani said, stressing that they still believe in peace efforts, but the country’s defense and security forces are well-prepared to repulse any attacks of the Taliban in case they continue violence.
The country’s security officials say Afghan Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will decisively take action to defend the country and its people, implement rule of law, defend national sovereignty and develop good governance, stressing that serious action will be taken against those fighting and encountering the country’s defense and security forces.
In the joint news conference, acting minister of defense Gen.Yasin Zia said violence and violent attacks of Taliban have increased in the past one year, but hoping their violence reduces during the current new year with developments in peace process.
“Due to increasing violence and violent attacks of the Taliban group, 18,000 fighters of the group have been killed and more than 10,000 other wounded,” Gen Zia said, adding that the group will face with serious military reaction if they turn again to violence and war.
According to acting minister of defense, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have been able to defend the country and its people in a better way despite of all current problems. Gen. Zia further said that the country’s defense and security forces were well-prepared to defend the country against violent attacks of the Taliban group during the current new year.

 

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