Lawmakers said top soldiers and special forces were among dozens killed in the past few days in Farah province.
Farah Onslaught ‘A Tragedy’, Say MPs
A number of MPs in the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament) on Tuesday said the Taliban has killed dozens of security force members in attacks on parts of Farah province in the last few days.
MPs said the devastating attacks have taken a serious toll on security forces.
According to them, the Taliban attacks on different parts of the province, especially on Anar Dara district, resulted in the death of dozens of security forces members and that many bodies have not been recovered as they are in Taliban controlled areas.
Farah has witnessed deadly battles between security forces and the Taliban in the last few months but a serious upsurge in violence broke out a few days ago – particularly in the Anar Dar area.
After taking control of parts of the district early Monday, including the district police headquarters, reinforcements were sent in. However, many policemen and military soldiers were killed, including the district police chief.
“In Farah the best members of the national army have been killed. Taliban have killed a few Special Forces and have their bodies with them,” MP Abdul Sattar Darzabi said.
“What has happened in Farah is a tragedy. There is a need for parliament to send a team to investigate the Farah incidents,” MP Arif Rahmani said.
Farah provincial council members and residents also warned of ongoing threats in the province and said neighboring countries had a hand in the deteriorating security situation.
“Farah needs new forces and the stationed forces need military equipment to fight the Taliban,” Farid Bakhtawar, head of the council said.
“I clearly say that Iran is behind the insecurity and fighting in Farah,” Abdul Satar Hussaini, a tribal elder from Farah said.
Afghan defense ministry however said they have pushed back the Taliban from Anar Dara district and that the Taliban has suffered heavy losses in offensives from land and air.
“Sixty five Taliban (fighters) have been killed and over 50 others wounded in the security offensives from the air and land in Bala Block and Anar Dara districts. Currently our forces are present in the Anar Dara district,” the defense ministry’s deputy spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh said.
Reports indicate however that after seizing control of Anar Dara’s police headquarters on Monday, the Taliban left taking with them a large amount of weapons and military hardware.