First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is leading the ongoing war against insurgents in Faryab, said more than 7,000 Daesh fighters are trying to make their way to the northern provinces for the next fighting season.
He said his trip to Faryab is aimed at preventing insurgents from entering the province.
Reports indicate that nearly 17 security force members including five security guards of Dostum were killed and 21 others wounded in Qaisar district of the province.
Meanwhile, a number of analysts talked about the impact and effectiveness of the first vice president’s visits to Faryab to eliminate the militants.
“Dostum’s visit will have a positive impact on security in the northern province, as he is a military man and is well aware of Afghanistan’s situation,” said Qasim Wahidi, a political analyst.
“He [Dostum] has launched successful military operations, but I think it is important to establish check posts in cleared areas in order to prevent further damage to the people,” he said.