Night raids by special units of Afghan forces in the city of Kabul have faced doubts by military experts and residents of the capital who say the operations have not proved significant.
Kabul has witnessed at least five-night raids during this month, some of which have ended after five to 10 hours of clashes between Afghan forces and suspects.
“They conducted an operation in Khak-e-Jabbar [in the south of Kabul] where they arrested three or four people and later it was clarified that they were innocent and were released. This is really disappointing,” an MP, Tawfiq Wahdat, said.
“Night raids are helpful, but on condition that they are well-coordinated,” said Abdul Wahab Wardak, a military affairs analyst.
A Kabul resident, Mohammad Azim, said that he supports these operations but he suggested that they require more caution.
“We are cooperating with the security forces so that peace and stability can prevail in the country,” Mr. Azim said.
But, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement described the night raids as effective and said they are aimed at searching, clearance and haunting predetermined targets.
Some members of the NDS Special Operations Unit said they are fully committed to serving the country.
“I will always serve my country, wherever the enemy tries to show itself, we will eliminate them,” a member of the NDS Special Unit said.
“We are prepared to do the job whether it is day or night,” a member of the NDS Special Unit said.