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New operation on Lashkargh’s outskirts soon: police

New operation on Lashkargh’s outskirts soon: police

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Mar 29, 2018 - 20:09

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Several areas surrounding Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, would be cleared of Talibaninfo-icon insurgents during an operation to be launched soon, the police chief said Thursday.

Brig Gen. Abdul Ghafar Safi told a press conference here the operation codenamed Nasrat would be launched on the outskirts of Lashkargah soon.

He said fourth police district, Babaji area of Lshkargah and nearby several districts would be purged of Taliban presence and all relevant agencies were ready.

However, he highlighted some problems besides the shortage of personnel, but said they go ahead with the operation based on a proper plan.

Safi added foreign forces would extend air support to the operation when needed but they could not cooperate on the ground.

The police chief claimed the Taliban had lost the ability of a face-to-face fighting and they were trying to bring some areas under control to gain poppies’ harvests, he said, adding people would also cooperate with security forces.

Abdul Majeed Akhudzada, a public representative, said he did not believe security forces could make a significant progress because they lacked enough personnel.

“We have heard about plans and strategies in the past as well, but in the last two years despite the support of foreign forces, the militants could not be pushed back from Lashkargah, Babaji and other districts,” he complained.

“If the government takes serous steps and increases personnel, they can easily beat Taliban.”

Hajji Abdul Ghafar, a tribal leader in Nad Ali district, told Pajhwok that the ongoing operation in Charahi-i-Merza area had disturbed local residents.

He said the security forces lacked personnel to establish check posts and used to fire at people they suspected as Taliban from a long range.

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