MoD Rejects Dostum's Criticism Of Security Forces

Leadership-12-October

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday criticized the recent remarks made by first Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum on the Afghan army’s action against threats.

“These remarks are not from military specialists. They would have specialty in other fields, but the way that we work is that first we assess the situation to see where is the enemy and how are their forces and facilities. And then we decide and determine our forces and equipment to be used against

them,” said Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the MoD.

Recently Dostum said in an interview with TOLOnews that the security forces are not using good methods to fight the Taliban.

“The war in Afghanistan cannot be run by computers. It cannot be done the way you sit in a base and give orders to a regiment commander via computer. It cannot be done that you order the battalion commander and then the regiment commander and at the end the forces remain weak on the battleground,” Dostum said.

He added: “This defect is with the generals and commanders of regiments as they are not willing to take action themselves.”

Meanwhile, a number of military analysts said they believe that soldiers based in military bases should be ready to face any kind of threat from militants.

“The equipment, assessment and monitoring of check posts are always very important,” said military commentator Atiqullah Amarkhail.

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