Farah local officials on Friday sharply criticized security institutions for what they called poor war management in the province and said there had been a sharp increase in fatalities of security force members in the province in the past month.
According to them, the security forces have not been able to drive back the Taliban in this time.
Farah deputy governor Mohammad Younus Rasuli criticized government for its poor war management and said the Taliban has positioned itself on the outskirts of Farah city.
“Currently security forces have not made any move to target the insurgents and our defensive status is also incorrect. In the last week only, over 50 security force members have been killed,” said Rasuli.
Meanwhile, Farah police headquarters security officer Gulbahar Mujahid confirmed the security threats in the province and said Taliban, in support of intelligence agencies from neighboringcountries, especially Pakistan, want to seize control of the province.
“The Taliban is using all its powers to collapse parts of the city or the province - to make achievements for the foreign intelligence agencies,” said Mujahid.
Meanwhile a number of Farah residents and provincial council members said Taliban has infiltrated parts of the city and the security officials are busy securing their own safety.
“Last year the Taliban was outside Farah city, but now they entered the city and the war is ongoing inside the city,” a member of Farah provincial council Jamila Amini said.
“Eighty percent of Farah is under Taliban control and the remaining 20 percent is also in a fragile state and this has caused serious concerns among the people,” Abdul Sattar Hussaini, a resident of Farah, said.
Afghan defense ministry meanwhile said they have launched an operation in the city and have killed a number of Taliban fighters.
“Our security forces have launched a big operation in Farah city and Taliban has suffered lots of fatalities,” defense ministry deputy spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh said.
Reports indicate that the Taliban has been positioned in Gengan area in north of Farah city and this has raised concerns among Farah residents.