Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, January 19th, 2018

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

KABUL - Security officials in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of Afghanistan, said the army and police force members are ready to launch offensives to clear Yumgan and Wardooj districts of Taliban but they have not received the permission from the central government.
“I repeat that we are always ready because we are on the first line of the battle. If the relevant organizations provide the equipment and also give the permission to us we are ready to save the people from oppression and insecurity. The residents of Yumgan and Jurm districts (in Badakhshan) have no access to education and healthcare services – due to the presence of militants,” said Abdul Wadood Rasikh, the police chief of Baharak district – which shares border with the insecure district of Yumgan.
“I can assure you that the people will get rid of the problem (insecurity), if we are allowed to launch the military operations,” said Assadullah Gaard, the police chief of Wardooj district.
He said “Taliban is in a distance of two or three kilometers far from the center of the district”.
A number of public uprising forces meanwhile said they were also ready to defend the country and join the military operations.
“We have fought against the Taliban (in Badakhshan) for the past five years. We are now ready to defend the country and support the Afghan security forces in the province,” said Mohammad Majid, commander of public uprising forces in Baharak district.
“International terrorists and al-Qaeda militants are operating in Badakhshan. We want the elimination of the terrorists in all districts and we want a large-scale military operation against them,” said Lotfullah, member of the public uprising forces in Wardooj.
Meanwhile, Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said they are preparing for military operations to retake Wardooj and Yumgan districts from militants.
“We have talked with residents of Wardooj district who launched a protest recently. We discussed the decisions which are being made in the center (Kabul) to clear Wardooj (of militants). We have sent the recommendations to Kabul and a decision to retake the district will be made in the near future,” the governor said.
Yumgan and Wardooj districts fallen to the Taliban more than two years ago. (Tolonews)