Farah’s Pusht Rod at risk of falling to Taliban: public rep
KABUL (Pajhwok): If the Pusth Rod district of western Farah province is not given much attention, it would soon fall into the hands of insurgents, the provincial council warned on Monday, however the governor said a clearing operation was underway in the district.
Farid Bakhtwar, the provincial council head, told a press conference here that the conflict in the district was ongoing over the past one week, with the Taliban overrunning most the areas.
Due to insecurity and huge infiltration of insurgents into Dokan, Chak Charmach and Gach Kin villages, more than 2000 families were forced into migrating to neighboring districts and Farah city, the provincial capital, he said.
The public representative said Taliban, civilians and security forces had suffered casualties during the week-long conflict, but provided no figures. “If the situation continues, Farah province will also collapse like that of Kunduz.”
According to Bakhtawar, if the insurgents are not pushed back, they would threaten the provincial capital because Pusht Rod district is just 15 kilometres from it. He asked security officials to send more reinforcements to the district.
Farah governor Mohammad Asif Nang confirmed the conflict in Pusht Rod and said: “A huge threat still looms in the district and over the past one week at least 46 insurgents and seven security personnel have been killed and 12 security personnel and a large number of rebels have been wounded.”
However, he said 150 commandoes, 350 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops and three helicopter gunships had arrived in Farah from neighboring Herat province to support the existed security forces against insurgents.
According to Nang, a plan to frustrate Taliban’s designs has been prepared and the operation would continue until Pusht Rod and other areas are cleared of insurgents.
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