Helmand on the verge of falling to Taliban: PC chief
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban insurgents are in control of 40 percent areas of southern Helmand province, a hub of poppy cultivation, a senior public representative said on Sunday.
The provincial council chief warned if security officials did not pay attention to security of the province, it would lead to further problems.
Karim Khan Atal told a press conference clashes were underway in many parts of the province and the security forces were “very exhausted” and were in dire need of fresh ground and air support.
“Helmand is on the verge of collapse, we have lost many areas. Soldiers on the front lines are tired, they have suffered many casualties and some have deserted or absent,” he said, adding that 40 percent areas in Helmand were controlled by Taliban militants.
Atal asked the government to target militant commanders and groups in the lost areas and maintain security for local residents, otherwise the situation would go out of control.
His deputy Abdul Majid Akhunzada said the situation in Helmand had lately become fragile and would have bad consequences if the government failed to urgently deal with the issue. “The province will fall into the hands of Taliban if the situation is not controlled, “he warned.
A police official said on the condition of anonymity that local officials lacked a strong will to maintain peace in Helmand despite dwindling Taliban’s resources and their ability to fight face-to-face.
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