Security officials said government forces have made some progress in Malistan and Jaghori districts – which were attacked by the Taliban about 10 days ago.
Officials said the Afghan forces launched military operations on the outskirts of the districts on Saturday.
On Saturday, Resolute Support Commander in southeast zone Gen. Richard Johnson visited Ghazni where he discussed operations with local officials.
“The forces are advancing. The military operation is led by the Army Chief of Staff Gen. (Sharif) Yaftali,” said Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
“The clearance operation is ongoing from the air and ground. Threats have been removed from areas which were under threat, but we will still continue our operations,” said Najib Danish, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman.
Officials said operations in Malistan and Jaghori were launched after clashes broke out in neighboring Khas Uruzgan district in Uruzgan province.
“The forces have gone to Ghazni to annihilate terrorist safe havens (in the districts) and along the border between Gelan and Jaghori districts and even in Qarabagh district ,” said Arif Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni.
Jaghori was one of the most secure areas in the central parts of the country over the past decade. However, Taliban said the motive behind their attack on Jaghori was because Jaghori residents interfered in the recent conflict in Khas Uruzgan district.
However, local officials in Ghazni have another view.
“There are some intelligence issues behind these issues especially from intelligence agencies of neighboring countries who are involved in this. We will share the accurate information about this with the people once we received it,” said Arif Noori, spokesman for Ghazni’s governor.
Figures indicate that the conflict in Ghazni and Uruzgan have displaced at least 5,000 families – many of whom have fled to Ghazni and Uruzgan centers as well as Kabul.
Mohammad Reza, a resident of Malistan, said it took them over 10 hours to reach Ghazni city from Malistan and Jaghori districts.
“The rent for a car to carry your goods is between 30,000 to 40,000 Afghanis. The small busses charge 1,000 dollars each time they take you from Malistan and Jaghori to Ghazni city,” Reza said.
“We left our home and left all the food there. The doors of our house remain open and our children came with us,” said Zainab, a resident of Malistan.