The Ministry of Defense on Monday said that Afghan Commando Forces have been sent to Jalrez district in Maidan Wardak province to curb the advance of the Taliban militants in the area.
This comes a day after lawmakers from Maidan Wardak said during a Wolesi Jirga session, that Taliban insurgents stormed as many as 16 check posts during recent waves of attacks and made off with military hardware, weapons and ammunition.
MPs said the attacks took place against Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) check posts in Jalrez district of the province.
However, government forces claimed that 13 check posts were captured and that they have been under siege for three days. They said the check posts fell to the Taliban on Friday and on Saturday.
“Our commando forces were deployed in Jalrez overnight. Our mission is swinging on the right way with solidness and sobriety in the area to connect areas such as Kotah Ashro, Mullahkhail and Zewalat,” said Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for Ministry of Defense.
“War is ongoing there. We strongly value our own lives and the lives of the local people. The mission will move on until we see the enemy movement,” he added.
“Whenever the opposing side shows movement and launches attacks on the check posts, undoubtedly they face strong retaliation from security forces. We have not relocated any check point from its original place and all check posts are on their place,” said the Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.
Some members of Maidan Wardak Provincial Council said on Sunday that government forces are under siege in the area for the past three days and that thirteen check posts have fallen to the Taliban.
Although the Afghan security forces are still on the defensive position as part of President Ashraf Ghani’s unilateral ceasefire but the Taliban has been attacking Afghan security forces in at least nine provinces of the country.