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Peace impossible without neighbours' help

Peace impossible without neighbours' help

Feb 22, 2011 - 19:22

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s neighbouring countries have been supplying weapons and equipment to insurgents, making it difficult to maintain security, an Afghan military commander said on Tuesday.

As many as 650 Afghan soldiers and insurgents had been killed in last six months in seven provinces under the control of the 201 Selab Military Corps, its commander, Maj. Abdullah, told a news conference in Kabul.

The seven provinces comprise Parwan, Panjsher, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, where 206 insurgents were killed and 69 wounded and 80 arrested, he said.

About 97 soldiers had been killed and 284 others wounded, he said. In the conference, he also accused unnamed countries of providing equipment and weapons to the militants.

The Afghan soldiers had also recovered 320 light weapons and 37 heavy weapons, 20 hand grenades, 206 rocket shells, 87 anti-vehicle bombs, seven walkie-talkies and 12 different vehicles, he said.

Previously the 201 military corps controlled 10 provinces, but central Bamyan, Logar and Maidan Wardak provinces had been handed to the 303 Thunder Military Corps, he said.

The 201 controls about 69 districts in the seven provinces, among which 17 are said to face a serious threat, 21 a middle level threat and 35 a lower threat, he said.

Meanwhile, Col. Najibullah, an engineering officer of the 201 military corps, said cooperation of locals with the Afghan soldiers had improved, and that more than 90 incidents had been prevented as a result of that information in the last six months.

The Afghan soldiers had given more than 7.5 million afghanis ($165,307) to 89 locals who had informed soldiers about possible incidents under a programme called Peace Protectors, which is supported by the US government, he said.

The programme is to be extended to other parts of the country.

He also said that Afghan forces had the same weapons as the international forces.


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