Taliban pushed back from 2 towns: Uruzgan governor
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The governor on Thursday said Taliban militants recently launched attacks on Chinartu and Dehrawud districts of central Uruzgan province to capture the towns, but security forces pushed them back.
Mohammad Nazir Kharotai, the newly appointed governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview that after their defeat in southern Helmand province, the Taliban infiltrated into Uruzgan and staged group attacks on security check-posts in Chinartu and Dehrawud districts.
But security forces put up stiff resistance and pushed them back, the governor said, adding the Taliban had been trying to create a special zone' for themselves in southern Afghanistan.
Kharotai said Uruzgan would emerge from the conflict and become peaceful and issues in the security forces would be addressed to be more effective. He, however, did not explain the issues.
To a question, the governor said the Taliban had lost the ability to face Afghan security forces and would not be able to have an upper hand even if poppy cultivation continued.
Poppy crop is believed to be a major financial source to pay the insurgency costs and the illicit plant is grown over 120 hectares of land in Uruzgan
The governor said security forces would soon launch an operation to clear roads leading to districts and clear them for traffic which had been blocked by Taliban. Kharotai said poppy flattening campaign would be kicked off soon in the province.
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