Taliban fail to reach goals in Helmand: Qahraman
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): President special envoy for security in Helmand Abdul Jabar Qahraman on Tuesday said the Taliban had been unable to reach their targets in the southern province despite the conflict was planned on regional level.
Addressing a gathering at the police training academy in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, Qahraman said the Taliban captured many areas in Helmand over the past one year, but they were unable to reach their main targets.
“The Taliban wanted to capture Helmand, a goal they could not reach, so we have won the war in Helmand, not lost,” said the former lawmaker, who claimed the conflict in Helmand had been planned on regional level.
“It was a big fight which was planned on regional level. The armed opposition was tasked with destabilizing the strategically important province, but Afghan forces did not let them do so.”
Qahrama said the conflict had worried local residents but security forces were making all efforts to maintain security.
He said a new recruitment process had been initiated to strengthen the ranks of security forces in Helmand.
“Only the youth of Helmand can bring to an end the conflict and that’s why we have started recruiting the youth in police and military,” he said.
Brig. Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, 215 Maiwand Military Corps commander in Helmand, told the gathering that additional security forces had reached the province and a positive change in the situation would come soon.
He said the security forces had devised plans for defeating the rebels and the Taliban had no longer the ability to make advance.
Gul Mohammad, a resident of Lashkargah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the past one week had been tense and people endured many hardships.
“People were thinking the Taliban will capture Lashkargah and many fled, now the people are a bit relax and those migrated are returning to their homes.”
Clashes have been ongoing between security forces and Taliban insurgents on the outskirts of Lashkargah. The rebels have been in control of several districts of Helmand.
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