Afghan Military operations failing against Taliban: Report

Afghan Military operations failing against Taliban: Report

KABUL - Afghan Military failure against Taliban is becoming evident with each passing day and the latest episode is revealed in which atleast 72 military operations were carried out in Logar province, in the south of Kabul, in last three months but residents and local officials said the province is still insecure and Taliban are calling the shots in the area.

One member of Logar Provincial Council said Taliban and other insurgent groups are active in parts of all the six districts in the province, including Pul-e-Alam city – the provincial capital, TOLO News has reported.

“The military operations which are conducted at nights are carried out by ‘01 Unit’ from Kabul, independently and without coordination with local authorities (in Logar)… There are some problems. Some houses have been damaged during their operations,” Haseeb Stanekzai, head of the council said.

Logar police said the military operations have been effective in eliminating militants in the province.

“Seventy-two (military) operations have been conducted in the past three months, most of them by special forces and many of them were supported by Air Force. These operations have been effective in eliminating the enemy,” Security Officer at Logar Police Headquarters, Mohammad Ayub Wardak, said.

Residents claimed civilians have also suffered financial losses in the operations.

“The houses that have been targeted are not belonged to the Taliban,” said Ahmadullah, a resident of Shaikhan village in Baraki Barak district, where government forces conducted military operations.

Logar shares borders with Kabul and four other provinces. It also shares border with Pakistan.

This comes after Logar deputy governor Qamaruddin Shakib was killed in a Taliban ambush in Waghjan area in Mohammad Agha district while was on his way to Kabul on Thursday.