Our needs being ignored, grumble Helmand security forces
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces, fighting against militants in southern Helmand province, complain they are not compensated and even their simple problems are assigned to the backyard.
These security forces have been fighting against the insurgents in Babaji and Chah Anjir areas on the outskirts of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, for the past 10 months.
Babaji is the fourth district of Lashkargah where the Taliban have been able to find a stronghold. Some days ago, the rebels captured Chah Anjir area of Nad Ali district, located close to Lashkargah .
People and security forces cannot venture into the area. People travel to the locality through remote villages and routes.
Ewaz Gul, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier in the Bushran village of Babaji area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants had built strongholds on the main road and occasionally launched attacks on them.
He said that there was no problem for ANA forces in receiving food and equipment, but the area was full of gardens and farms that helped the militants hide and organise attacks on Afghan forces.
Beside Babaji area, Chah Anjir is another area that is home to hundreds of families, including the households Taliban and Afghan forces. The area has been the scene of frequent clashes.
An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier in Chah Anjir area, Sher Ahmad, was preparing dinner inside an ambulance. He said they were fully capable of ensuring security of the neighbourhood.
“Taliban use night-vision binoculars, guns and roadside bombs. But they cannot fight us face to face ,” he asserted, saying: “Fighting or living near the enemy for a long time is difficult. It is the responsibility of our officials to resolve this problem.”
Besides Afghan forces and the Taliban , many civilians also live in the locality. Resident Wali Jan remarked: “Standing behind a mud wall or constantly keeping a watch on fighters is playing with death. But I have no facilities to leave this area. I am a farmer living with my children here.”
Capt. Mirza Khan, operation commander in Babaji area, said they had been fighting against rebels for the past 10 months. “Senior officials should grant paid leave to security personnel,” he stressed,
An Afghan border police officer, Mohammad Rahi in Saifon area of Chah Anjir, said they had beaten back several Taliban attacks. “The Taliban wanted to capture our posts and find way their way Lashkargah, but we have acted professionally and pushed them back,” he claimed, saying the security forces urged higher-ups to appreciate their efforts.
Provincial council head, Mohammad Karim Attal, called normality and peace in Lashkargah the result of sacrifices rendered by security forces. The council would share problems of security forces with relevant officials.
Attal suggested a comprehensive operation be launched to purge all areas of fighters and enable residents to lead a peaceful life.
But Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar, commander of the 505th Bost Zone, promised the security personnel battling the insurgents would be rewarded under a programme in the near future. He said operations to clear areas of the Taliban would be launched soon.
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