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Aliens spearheading war in Imam Sahib: official

Aliens spearheading war in Imam Sahib: official

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Nov 09, 2015 - 18:24

KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): An official on Monday said 40 percent of Imaminfo-icon Sahib district of northern Kunduz province was under Talibaninfo-icon control and foreign fighters were spearheading the conflict.

Amanuddin Quraishi, the town’s administrative head, told Pajhwok Afghan News currently around 1,500 Afghan and foreign Taliban fighters were fighting security forces in Imam Sahib. The rebels included 200 foreign fighters who were leading the battle for control over the district centre, he said.

The aliens included Uzbek, Tajik, Arab, Chechen and Pakistani nationals, he said, adding that security officials had promised to launch clearing operations in the district once operations in Dasht-i-Archi and Khwaja Ghar districts were concluded.

“If operations are not launched immediately, the insurgents will be strengthened further and their defeat will be harder.”

Imam Sahib residents also demanded clearing operations in the district. Maroof, a Qatr Blaq locality resident, said Taliban were active in the vicinity of the district centre and intermittent clashes occurred during night time.

He said since winter was approaching, clearing operations should be launched against the insurgents soon.

The district borders Tajikistan and was recently the scene of fierce clashes between security forces and Taliban militants.

Last week, at least five insurgents and three local policemen were killed and some others wounded during clashes.

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