By: Suraya Raiszada
As Taliban have increased their attacks and violence against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), a number of Afghan military experts believe that Taliban have lost ability to fight the country’s security forces. Taliban have made continued efforts to capture a number of districts and provinces, but Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have repulsed all their attacks in Balkh, Kunduz, Helmand, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Baghlan and Laghman provinces by organized air strikes and ground military operation.
Meanwhile, Afghan security officials say Taliban do not believe in peace and that the group by launching widespread attacks wants to capture districts and provinces, stressing that terrorists won’t be allowed to disrupt peaceful life of the people.
Praising the ANDSF for suppressing Taliban in the respective provinces, Afghan military experts, citizens and civil society activists say the country’s security forces with their increasing capabilities can defend the country. “In recent military operations, Afghan Defense and Security Forces have inflicted heavy casualties to the Taliban group in various provinces of the country,” said Mustafa Nadim, a former ANA office and military expert.
Meanwhile, the country’s civil society activists believe that capturing some districts and areas by the Taliban group does not show their strength.
“Taliban is the main factor of continued war in the country as bilateral violence can disrupt peace talks; therefore, it is necessary that all sides to the ongoing conflict should share their programs to reach peace and stability in the country,” said Kamal, an Afghan civil society activist.
On the other hand, Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) says a particular security plan is underway, stressing that by implementing the plan, security situation will get improvment.
“MoD in close coordination with security organs has launched and set a particular security plan for 16 provinces of the country and it is determined that military operations are launched in areas which are under serious threat from the Taliban side,” said Fawad Aman, a deputy spokesperson to the ministry of defense. He said that by implementing the security plan in the respective provinces security situation would get betterness. Meanwhile, former ANA army chief of staff Shir Mohammad Karimi says Taliban has recently made efforts to capture more areas in the country, but the country’s defense and security forces have repulsed their attacks without asking close air support from the foreign forces. He stressed that the country’s defense and are security forces were well-trained and experienced and ready to defend the people and country with high national morale.
It is worth mentioning that since the start of US and NATO troops withdrawal process from Afghanistan on 1 May, Taliban have started large-scale attacks on a number of provinces and districts in Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman, Baghlan, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Kunduz and Balkh, but they failed to capture areas and their all attacks have been repulsed by Afghan defense and security forces. Now, the country’s defense and security forces are working to implement their particular security plan to clear areas from the presence of Taliban fighters in various provinces of the country.