Taliban wanted to capture Kunduz to enter Central Asia
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security ministers on Thursday said militants had the plan to enter central Asian counties by capturing northern Kunduz province.
Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai said Kunduz was like a gateway to central Asia and militants had been trying to capture the province, but their plan was frustrated by Afghan security forces with their sacrifices and bravery.
He assured the people of the country that large-scale operations would be launched against militants to clear Kunduz from their presence.
Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid said Taliban’s Operation Omari had been made ineffective by security forces.
The Taliban wanted to capture strategic Kudnuz province to disrupt security of other provinces, but Afghan security forces gave them a “teeth-breaking” response, he said.
He said Afghan security forces were equipped with modern weapons and the Taliban had been unable to attack any urban centre anymore.
Kunduz Governor Asadullah Omarkhel praised sacrifices of the security forces in Kunduz and asked the central government to send more troops to Kunduz for clearing the province of insurgents.
However, a member of the provincial council, Maulvi Khosh Mohammad Nasrat, complained people should not be misled by fake promises. He said urgent and practical measures were required to defeat militants.
He called the Omari offensive of Taliban as successful and said militants had captured many equipment and weapons from security forces and were using them in their operations against the government in Kunduz.
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