Afghan forces began a village-to-village clearance operation in Nijrab district in Kapisa province after it was retaken from the Taliban on Monday.
Provincial council members from the district said the district fell to the Taliban due to lack of coordination among the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and the public uprising forces. They warned that such a situation should not happen again.
“The Taliban always creates terror, disturbs people and targets people’s houses with rockets,” said Moinuddin Siyal, police chief of Kapisa.
“The recent operation was effective and suppressed the enemy. The district was cleared of the enemy and now the security and defense forces have a full presence there,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman for Defense Ministry.
The reasons for the fall of Nijrab district to the Taliban, which occurred in the first week of July, have been discussed by residents and lawmakers.
A member of Parliament from Kapisa, Mir Haidar Afzali, said there is a need to boost coordination between the local forces and the security forces in the district.
“When districts are retaken, we have the challenge of keeping them. I hope we don’t face problems like in Nijrab,” Afzali said.
Some sources said that Kamdish district in Nuristan has fallen to the Taliban, but the Defense Ministry said that the district is still under the control of Afghan forces.
“If Kamdish falls, all Nuristan will fall,” said Qamar Bano, an MP from Nuristan.
“I think that our future will be bleak if the situation continues,” said Faqir Mohammad Faqir, a former interior minister who served during Hafizullah Amin’s government.
The Defense Ministry said that at least 375 Taliban fighters were killed in Afghan forces operations in the last 24 hours. The Taliban has denied the claim.