NSC to spell out its position on Kunduz inquiry report
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday it would share its position with the people on the fact-finding team’s report on the fall of Kunduz City.
The strategic city collapsed after a few hours of clashes on September 28. The Taliban remained in control of the city for three days before government forces wrested it back after a two- week operation.
Amid growing security concerns triggered by the debacle, President Ashraf Ghani appointed the team, led by Saleh, to thoroughly investigate factors behind the Taliban’s capture of the city.
On Saturday, the government-appointed inquiry commission called leadership failure the main factor behind the debacle. Misuse of resources and lack of coordination among security forces cited as other principal reasons.
Amrullah Saleh, head of the investigative body, told journalists in Kabul the government forces would have been unable to retake Kunduz City in the absence air support from US-led troops.
"Weakness in leadership, complexity within structure and misuse of facilities and resources were the factors" that allowed the Taliban to overrun the city, he said.
He confirmed the Taliban had managed to seize 37 armoured vehicles and about 1,000 different types of weapons from the security forces after they had entered Kunduz.
Also an ex-spymaster, Saleh proposed reform of the National Security Council, a body headed by the president. However, he did not single out military or government officials for blame.
Bringing together advisors and ministers, the NSC was also at fault, the chief investigator said, describing its heavy bureaucracy as confusing.
Reacting to the report, NSC spokesman Tawab Ghorzag said in compliance with presidential instructions, the government would carefully review the fact-finding committee’s findings and recommendations.
While welcoming the panel’s hard work in compiling the comprehensive document, Ghorzang said the NSC would spell out its stance after studying the findings.
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