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Political wrangling behind deteriorating security

Political wrangling behind deteriorating security

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May 21, 2017 - 18:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some parliamentarians and political analysts say the differences between the unity government leaders and poor management of security organs have strengthened the Talibaninfo-icon.

The Taliban earlier this month announced the launch of their ‘spring offensive’ or so called Operation Mansouri, intensifying attacks on security forces and government targets.

The militants captured a number of districts and attacked government facilities in a number of provinces including Faryab, Kudnuz, Baghlan, Ghazni and Uruzgan after the announcing the operation.

However, government forces were able to recapture the fallen districts.

Differences between the government leaders and appointments to government posts on ethnic lines are the reasons behind a resurgent Taliban, analysts believe.

Military affairs expert, Shah Nawaz Tanai, told Pajhwok Afghan News that foreign intelligence agencies’ interference in Afghanistaninfo-icon was one of the major reasons behind intensified militant attacks.

He said controlling conflicts in Afghanistan would remain a difficult job unless foreign interference was prevented.

“We are seeing the conflict is expanding with each passing day, it is because of foreign interferences and our divisions,” he said.

Tanai said poor leadership of security forces was another factor behind the deteriorated insecurity in the country.

Political expert Dr. Faizullah Zaland said militants usually increased their attacks in spring and summer seasons.

“It is called fighting season, which has become a tradition since the past 16 years.”

He said militants had captured strategic areas in remote parts during the past 16 years and developed huge recruitment centers there.

“Corruption in military organs, low capacity, employments on ethnic, linguistic and regional lines and employment of corrupt commanders have given power to militants to carry out organized attacks even in the capitals of provinces,” he said.

Zaland said two police districts of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, were under Taliban’s control for the past two years and the government had been unable to recapture them.

“Continued control of some important areas has boosted the morale of militants who think they can capture larger areas”, he said.

About controlling conflicts, he said the two government leaders should decide who should lead the country.

“The government should adopt a clear policy about peace negotiations with militants, so there is a way for peace”, he added.

A Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member, Gulalai Akbari, told Pajhwok incapable government officials and absence of cooperation among government organs had encouraged the militants to expand their sway.

“If the Afghan forces decide to defeat the militants, they can do it because they have the ability of it, but why the government is retreating and allowing the enemy to advance is not understandable,” she said.

She said if the militants further advanced, it would fail the government and foreign countries fighting against terrorism.

Sher Mohammad Akhunzada, a lawmaker from Helmand province, called inefficiency and differences among Afghan officials the main reason of militants’ advance.

“Our government is divided, 50 percent belongs to one person and 30 to another, one is happy another is sad, this is not a government at all, they are a group of people doing nothing,” he said.

Akhunzada said the militants had control over 50 percent of the country’s territory and they wanted to expand their attacks to central regions and press the government.

He asked the government to come up with a strategy that could check the ongoing violence in the country.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman, said 23 operations regional military corps were ongoing in 17 provinces of the country.

“We are carrying out 33 military operations by commando forces in the whole Afghanistan, besides that, we also have air support. We conduct air strikes and night raids in areas under Taliban threat,” he said.

About increasing attacks from militants, he said: “The militants wanted to expand their control in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but failed.”

“This year also they increased their attacks under the so called Operation Mansouri to show to the worldinfo-icon that they are still alive, they are trying to achieve the goals of the previous years,” he added.

Waziri said the Taliban launched attacks on a number of provinces to display their power, but they were defeated by security forces.

A MoD statement claimed 121 militants including two Daesh fighters were killed and 41 others wounded during operations in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours.

Afghan security forces launched air and cannon operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Ghorinfo-icon, Farah, Kunduz, Faryab, Sar-i-Pul, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces since yesterday.

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