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ANA forces facing hunger in Khas Uruzgan district

ANA forces facing hunger in Khas Uruzgan district

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Aug 25, 2018 - 16:56

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stationed in Khas Uruzgan district of central Uruzgan province have been facing hunger over the past two months.

The soldiers on a base and the police station are the only two places in the district, which are under government’s control.

A soldier on the base, whishing anonymity, said they had not been supplied food items over the past two months and therefore they were in bad situation.

He said the troops had no option but to spend several days in hunger due to lack of food and Talibaninfo-icon’s coordinated attacks. He complained: “We have not eaten bread since 45 days, we had only rice which had finished.”

Sayed Karim Agha, the ANA base commander, confirmed they lacked food and the soldiers ate grass. He said they had shared the issue with provincial and central governments, but no practical action was taken.

He said Taliban militants almost daily attacked the ANA camp and the police station in Khas Uruzgan.

The Taliban have been in control of the district building, the NDSinfo-icon office, the educationinfo-icon and other administrations and have besieged the city.

Officials of the district government institutions have been staying in Tirinkot city and hadn’t visited the district over the past three months. He termed the current situation as serious and urged effective steps in this regard.

 

Provincial council chairman Amir Mohammad Barakzai expressed serious concern about the situation and said ANA personnel had been without food in several other districts besides Khas Uruzgan.

He confirmed the only ANA base in the district had been besieged by Taliban militants and said they had shared the issue with provincial authorities several times, but to no avail.

Uruzgan governor Mohammad Shafiq Asadullah Sayed said ANA forceswere supplied food and other things in time and new police chief would be dispatched to the district after appointment.

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