‘Foreign forces’ help needed in Helmand conflict’
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan officials said on Wednesday that foreign troops’ assistance was needed in strengthening security and ending the conflict in southern Helmand province.
Bashir Ahmad Shakir, who heads security committee of the provincial council, said the continued violence in Helmand had worried residents.
He said foreign forces’ help was needed to bring the ongoing conflict in the province to a successful conclusion.
“I don’t have information about the current and future programmes of foreign forces about their participation in Helmand fighting, but alone the Afghan security forces may not be able to deal with the conflict,” he said.”
The public representative said the Taliban had mounted pressure on the security forces who also lacked coordination among them.
Abdul Majid Akhunzada, deputy head of the provincial council, said the involvement of foreign forces was direly needed to control the violence.
He, however, said joint operations of Afghan and foreign forces should be concentrated and précised to avoid civilian casualties, a sensitive issue in Afghanistan. He said security forces should learn from their previous experiences.
Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi also acknowledged foreign forces’ role was vital much needed offensives against insurgents.
He also said the presence of foreigners in Helmand would help create job opportunities for locals as well.
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