Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, October 18th, 2018

CEO Calls on Nation to Stand Behind Afghan Forces

CEO Calls on Nation to Stand Behind Afghan Forces

KABUL - Casualties among security forces increased this year following the sharp rise in violence across the country.
Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday called on the Afghan people to support the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in order to help secure the country.
In reaction to reports about a surge in fatalities among Afghan security forces, the CEO said government has an obligation to do whatever it can to meet the needs of the Afghan security forces.
Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) have said there are two reasons for the unprecedented surge in fatalities among the Afghan security forces.
The MoI claims one is the escalation of war and violence and the other is the long hours troops are fighting in the trenches.
“Officers are pursuing training at dozens of our training centers, we have also sufficient forces in reserve and the number of volunteers are enough and they are willing to join the police ranks,” said MoI spokesman Najib Danish.
“We are running 40 training centers in 34 provinces,” said General Ibrahim, the commander of Afghan National Army’s (ANA) recruitment department.
Casualties among the Afghan security forces have dramatically increased this year following the sharp increase in violence on multiple fronts across the country.
Abdullah’s remarks come two days after Afghan security officials said almost 50 security force members were killed in action in Kunduz, Herat and Sar-e-Pul provinces over a 24 hour period.
“The security forces are performing their duties and rendering sacrifices in the trenches and we have an obligation to address our responsibility towards meeting their needs and be successful in attracting the support of people for the security forces,” said Abdullah while presiding over a Council of Ministers meeting in Kabul on Monday.
But security officials say that the security forces have dealt a major blow to Taliban and Daesh insurgents in recent battles.
“We are undertaking at least sixteen operations and casualties among the enemy forces are much higher compared to a year ago,” said Sayed Qurban Musavi, commander of 20 Pamir Army Division.
“The casualties and the number of wounded we have are not that high, compared to the past,” said Ghazni police chief Fareed Ahmad Mashal.
Officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) say that the security institutions are undertaking new measures to curb fatalities among soldiers.
President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a ceasefire with the Taliban after a religious scholars meeting in Kabul on Monday where they issued a fatwa against the ongoing war in
Government’s ceasefire will run for eight days from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Taliban on Saturday issued a statement saying it had ordered its fighters not to clash with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid.
Taliban’s ceasefire, however, does not include foreign forces. (Tolo news)