Ministries: Northern Parts of Country are in a Better Position

A Ministry of Interior spokesman said on Thursday that large-scale battles are underway in Chahar Dara and Dasht-e-Archi districts of this province in order to re-take control of seized districts from the Taliban.

More troops have been sent in to help, they said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense and Interior have called the unity of political movements in the north of Afghanistan and its support of the security forces effective.

Security institutions have sent further troops to Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in order to re-take districts there that have been seized by the Taliban.

The Ministry of Defense has said that major battles in these provinces are being conducted by foreigners. They said that fresh ANSF troops have been deployed to eliminate them.

This ministry emphasizes that at the moment security forces around the country are fighting eight operations in total. In these operations, the forces have gone from being defensive to offensive and will destroy their targets.

“Foreigners are leading the battles in the northern provinces of the country, and you, the nation, media and everyone else knows who supports them. General Murad Ali Murad is among one of the prominent generals and is the Deputy Chief of Army Staff who is currently in Kunduz to review the situation,” says Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

Earlier, an army base in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz, named Ghulam Ali was surrounded by the Taliban. But the MoD said that the base is not surrounded anymore and more troops are fighting side by side with the troops there.

While in the neighboring province of Baghlan, the deputy governor of Taliban was reportedly killed. The Baghlan police commander said that the Taliban’s deputy governor in Baghlan province was killed along with some of his companions.

“In the past 48 hours, anti-government armed groups had unfortunately threatened and surrounded parts of the province, but with the intensive operations of military, these threats were broken and heavy losses were made to the anti-government armed groups,” says Abdul Jabar Pardeli, Baghlan Police Commander.

Northern and north eastern parts of the country this year have faced unprecedented battles. It is reported that these insecurities forced Jamiyat Islami Party and Junbesh Islami Party to join forces in order to maintain security in these areas. So far, these two parties have not had a role in the battles, but allies against threats have been called beneficial by the Ministry of Interior.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior has said that: “Obviously, when groups of people join forces in different parts of the country and stand against anti-government armed groups, this can be to the detriment of the anti-government armed groups and benefit the country. But they didn’t have a role in the release of Chahar Dara district of Kunduz, it was our security forces that gave a strong response to the anti-government armed groups”.

Earlier, there were reports that the Jihadist commanders have taken up arms to fight the Taliban, but in many instance, use of these forces followed many criticisms. Many people have emphasized that the government must work on formalizing these forces in the framework of ANSF in their areas, so that their activities are controlled by government.

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