‘No district in danger of falling to rebels’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The defence and interior ministries on Wednesday announced launching of 21 clearing operations across 13 provinces, saying no province or district was in danger of falling to insurgents.
Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman of the Defence Ministry, rejected as baseless reports that Taliban had captured the Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province, saying security forces were in full control of the area.
“There is no such fear with us. In Kunduz, operations are ongoing and our forces are advancing with caution because insurgents have taken refuge in residential areas,” he added.
A major challenge ahead for security forces, he said, was landmines planted by insurgents and getting rid of them was their first priority.
Of the 21 operations across 13 provinces, he said, the biggest ones had been launched in Ghazni and Zabul where security forces inflicted heavy casualties on militants.
“Afghanistan is at war. But we have the ability to sternly deal with any group that poses threat to people’s safety,” he concluded.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said insurgents wanted to create a base for themselves in the north but they had failed miserably.
He added the Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and other terrorist groups were behind the recent spike in insecurity in Afghanistan.
He was also of the opinion that the Taliban lacked power to overrun an entire district or province.
According to Seddiqi, reinforcements had reached Kunduz province and the situation in Imam Saheb district was under security forces’ control.
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