A large-scale military operation was launched to clear the outskirts of Faizabad City – in the northeastern Badakhshan province – of Taliban, local officials said on Friday.
The operation is focused on Faizabad’s three police districts – PD6, PD8 and PD9.
Two weeks ago, Taliban attacked a police outpost in the outskirts of Faizabad City.
“After clearing the Tagab district, we decided to launch a military operation in PD8 and PD9 with the help of forces stationed in Badakhshan. But we will need additional troops to clear Warduj and Yumgan districts,” Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said.
Badakhshan Provincial Council welcomed the move, suggesting that more efforts should be done to fully clear the areas of the militants.
“If government launches the operation for few days and then ends it without any result, people’s concerns will rise again and no doubt Taliban will increase their attacks,” said Abdullah Naji Nazari, head of the council.
Meanwhile, a number of Badakhshan civil society and women rights activists called on the Taliban to quit violence and join the peace process.
“Badakhshan women ask the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join the peace process in order to rebuild Afghanistan together,” said Zafnoon Hesam Natiq, a women rights activist.
“We hope this operation would be practical; not symbolic like the past operations. Taliban should be removed completely form the outskirts of the city,” said Ghulam Mohammad Atashpoor, a civil society activist.