The Afghan commando forces sustained heavy losses during an anti-terror operation in Aab Kamari district of Badghis province in an attack by the Taliban when the forces were evacuating a military helicopter in the area.
Badghis governor Abdul Ghaffar Malikzai said that lack of coordination from the center is as the main reason for the casualties.
“Over 25 Taliban fighters were eliminated, we also had some martyrs, but the regrettable issue is that we had no coordination,” he said.
But the Ministry of Defense (MoD) came up with a different logic, saying casualties among the commando forces were caused due to the complex nature of the area.
Reports say that over 30 members of the well-trained Afghan elite commandos including a commander were killed during the operation after the Taliban fighters launched a preemptive ambush on these forces while they were evacuating a military helicopter in the area.
Meanwhile, the body of a prominent Afghan National Army Brigadier General Abdul Mubin Mohabati was laid to rest in his hometown in the northeastern province of Panjshir after he was killed alongside several other members of the Afghan army and foreigners by a Taliban intruder in the central province of Ghazni.
The attack in Ghazni took place after a high-level delegation comprising Afghan and foreign military officials were visiting Ghani to asses the security situation in the area.
Reports say that the intruder was serving in the ranks of the ANA over the past four years and was gunned down after they opened fire on members of Afghan National Army.
“Whenever our special force are carrying out operations somewhere, it should be carried out with full information in hand, they should deal blows to the enemy rather than becoming the victims,” said Ziauddin Akazai, MP.
“They also take secrecy into consideration and then enter into the operation phase. I told you about the reasons that we sustained casualties, the reason is that the area is very complicated, there are hillsides and forests,” said MoD spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai.
Mohabati had a central role in the recent anti-Taliban operations in Ghazni which helped to recapture several key areas from the Taliban including the recapturing of Deh Yak and Khawja Omari districts which had been overruled by the militants.
Fresh waves of violence grip Afghanistan at a time that the warring sides have also extended their efforts in the diplomatic front aimed at finding a political settlement to the ongoing bloody conflict.
Analysts, however, say that it is difficult to predict something correct about Afghanistan’s peace and war in the wake of complexity which exists on the battlefields.