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‘Operation Shafaq2’ to be launched from Kunduz

‘Operation Shafaq2’ to be launched from Kunduz

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Nov 08, 2016 - 18:17

KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): A senior police commander on Tuesday a country-wide clearance operation codenamed “Shafaq2"  would be launched soon from northern Kunduz province.

Lt. Col. Sher Aziz Kamawal, 808th Spinzar Zone police commander, during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said the operation would involve personnel from the Pamir-20 Unit, Public Order Police and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon).

He said the winter offensive was being launched under a huge plan. Militants would be driven from outskirts of Kunduz City, the provincial capital.

Meanwhile, Provincial Council (PC) members said the security situation in Kunduz had deteriorated and if an anti-Talibaninfo-icon offensive was not launched, the situation would further worsen.

PC member Rabani Rabani said public trust in the government had declined as their persistent demand for operation against Taliban was paid no attention. Rabani warned: “A huge massacre will take place if operation is as not launched this time.”

Amruddin Wali, another PC member, said he did not believe in statements of government officials. He said there was no defence line in Kunduz City and Taliban were present on the outskirts of Kunduz City. He asked the government to launch the offensive without further delay.

Kamawal acknowledged worries expressed by PC members regarding the security situations and said the operation would be launched under a proper plan and the security situation on the outskirts of Kunduz City would be given priority.

Kamawal said four Taliban including Qari Ahmad, a deputy to Muallim Sher Wali, who spearheads terrorist activities in Kunduz City, were killed and four others wounded in security forces’ overnight raid.

According to Kamawal, weapons and explosives, landmines, two motorcycles, batteries and armored tools were recovered during the raid.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, however, rejected Kamawal’s claims.

Earlier, Army Chief Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim had said “Operation Shafaq-2” which was postponed due to some tactical issues would be launched soon.

He had said militants suffered huge casualties this year compared to the past nine years and so Afghan forces also suffered more casualties than the previous year.

He did not provide figures for security forces losses, but a recent report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) claimed Afghan forces’ causalities increased by nine percent in the ongoing year, compared to the previous year.

SIGAR said a total of 5,523 Afghan service members were killed and an additional 9,665 wounded during the fighting season from January 1 through August 19.

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