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Maidan Wardak governor's office accuses ANA of laziness

Maidan Wardak governor's office accuses ANA of laziness

Aug 14, 2011 - 11:10

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon):  The governor’s office in Maidan Wardak province has accused the Afghan National Army (ANA) of not performing its duty there, saying the ANA's failures have led to insecurity in the central province.

The statement from the governor's office, which accuses the ANA of laziness, comes two days after militants killed five policemen and three National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials after abducting them in the Mullahkhel area on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr.

There are three ANA brigades in the province, and 80 percent of the force mans checkpoints on the Maidan-Ghazni and Maidan-Bamyan highways to secure the roads, the statement said.

Yet despite the ANA checkpoints, the statement went on, militants carry out 90 percent of their disruptive activities -- such as planting mines, kidnapping, and burning vehicles – within 20 - 100 metres of the checkpoints.

“The ANA led the war in the province, but the soldiers don’t implement the decisions of their coordination centre,” the statement said.

The soldiers don't venture from their checkpoints, or they patrol only on paved roads and do not follow militants into other areas, the statement said, adding that residents complain that the soldiers only escort logistics convoys.

The statement added that ANA soldiers complain they are not well equipped, lack personnel and have high rates of desertion, sometimes are not supported by international troops, and lack information.

The statement said that if Afghan soldiers recognize their responsibility, militants can’t carry out operations to threaten people, it added.

“We share our concerns about the ANA with relevant departments through media outlets, but unfortunately the ANA does not perform its duty well, which is a factor in insecurity,” the office said.

The statement expressed the hope that the Ministry of Defence would solve the problem as soon as possible.


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