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Sangin’s surrender an affront to our sacrifices: Soldiers

Sangin’s surrender an affront to our sacrifices: Soldiers

Mar 29, 2017 - 13:56

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Soldiers say they have rendered a lot of sacrifices defending the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, lamenting the city’s surrender to the Talibaninfo-icon.

Three days back, the Taliban militants claimed capturing the strategically located urban space from Afghan security forces. But the security personnel denied losing control of the district.

Haji Ghulam Jan, a former Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander in the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the town’s surrender was an act of betrayal against those who protected it with their blood.

“Foreign forces also supported their Afghan partners; there were no clashes or security threats in the district centre. Why the district was abandoned to Taliban?” he asked.

“I do not comprehend the government’s objective. Why those having links with the Taliban are not arrested? We have been losing one district after another,” Jan regretted.

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier from Sangin, Janan, said they had protected the district in the face of numerous problems. He believed abandoning the district so meekly was an unwise act.

“Whenever I think of my friends, who laid down their lives defending the district in front of my eyes, I feel deeply hurt,” the soldier remarked, stressing respect for his fallen colleagues.

However, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, said Sangin district was not left intentionally to the Taliban.

“The district centre has been shifted from the main area to a safe place to prevent the loss of soldiers and clashes that threaten civilians,” he said, adding a clearing operation would be launched soon in Sangin.

On Monday, Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Abdullah Khan Habibi said the district had not fallen to the Taliban. “We have just tactically repositioned our forces to prevent casualties,” he said.

On the other hand, a resident of Sangin district, who wished to go unnamed, said Afghan forces had no plan to recapture the district. “If the Afghan forces really had any plan, why have they destroyed all their facilities?”

The Taliban control six of the 13 districts of Helmand, bordering Pakistaninfo-icon. The province has been in the throes of a relentless urgency over the past 16 years.


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