Resolute Support said the Afghan Air Force and the commando division also played an effective role in forcing the Taliban to retreat.
NATO Praises Afghan Forces Over Farah Operation
NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan has said that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) played a key role in pushing back the Taliban from Farah city.
The ANDSF was supported by the US Air Force, including US Air Force A-10 aircrafts, said NATO’s RS spokesman Martin O’Donnell.
According to RS, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and the commando division also played an effective role in forcing the Taliban to retreat.
“Farah remains under the Afghan government’s control, the Afghans remain in the lead of operations there, you have got the 207th corps commander who is leading the operation and orchestrating it and its combined arms fight that the Afghans are leading. You have got the Afghan army, the police, commandos and the Afghan air force, in-fact the Afghan air force has conducted the most strikes on targets,” O'Donnell said.
On the involvement of US troops in the operation he said: “We are providing advice to not only that combined arms fight, but then also with the commandos and then we are also providing some air power.”
Meanwhile, a number of military experts have blasted government for failing to send reinforcements to the area earlier.
“This was a good experience for security forces to establish a reserved division in the future to reach the scene when the situation becomes like this and they must be equipped with all necessary resources,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former deputy minister of interior.
“In the beginning we had sufficient forces in the area, but later the war intensified and we started thinking about deploying more forces to the region,” said defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish.
But, analysts hit out over government’s war leadership.
“They must deploy forces in the area on a permanent basis so that such tragedies are not repeated,” said former governor of Farah Massoud Bakhtor.
“Lack of coordination between the security forces paved the way for the Taliban to reach the center of Farah city,” a resident in Farah, Emal said.
“This indicates a security lapse, because the national directorate of security was not aware of such an attack and even the NDS itself became the target,” another resident Ahmad Sadeq said.
Security officials have said that government forces will keep on with the operation against the insurgents in the coming days.