Uruzgan MPs said on Saturday dozens of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been surrounded by anti-government armed groups in Khas Uruzgan district in the province and need immediate assistance.
The MPs said security forces have been under siege for two months and until now government has done nothing to help them. These MPs said the troops need food and equipment.
According to these lawmakers, routes from Khas Uruzgan district to the provincial capital, Trinkot city, also face serious security threats.
“It is two months that an ANA base, also with police soldiers, have been surrounded and they don’t even have food to eat. They are in a very bad situation. Government is not reaching them, and a tragedy will happen there,” Uruzgan MP Obaidullah Barekzai said.
Khas Uruzgan district is one of the most insecure districts in the province which borders Zabul and Ghazni provinces.
“They are under siege and are hungry and the situation is very bad there,” Hanif Hanifi, a senator from Uruzgan said.
A number of security forces meanwhile said in phone calls to TOLOnews on Saturday that they have been under siege for weeks.
According to the soldiers, commandos and police force members are also trapped inside the base with them.
“We have called the army corps and army regiment and everyone else, but no one supports us,” said Fazal, an ANA soldier.
“It is not good to tell this, but we do not even have bread. We have no flour or rice, we have nothing here,” said Mumtaz, another soldier.
Some of the ANA soldiers told TOLOnews that they have not been able to get home to visit their families for over a year.
“There are no roads here and no cars. We cannot leave the base. If we go out, they (insurgents) shoot at us. The situation is very bad,” Taher, an ANA soldier said.
Despite concerted efforts to get comment from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior the two ministries failed to respond to TOLOnews.
“Intelligence gaps cause lots of our soldiers to lose their lives or get surrounded,” Muqadam Amin, a former military officer said.
This is not the first time that security forces in remote areas have complained about the lack of backup.