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Operation Shafaq 2 Progressing Slowly: MoD

Mohammad Radmanesh, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday said Operation Shafaq 2 is moving forward as planned – albeit slowly. 
 
This comes as security forces battle insurgents in 18 provinces.
 
According to Radmanesh, clashes are ongoing between security forces and Taliban in parts of Helmand, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan and many other provinces and that protecting civilians has slowed down the pace of operations.
 
“We launched operations to protect Afghan people and their homes,” he said.
 
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said insurgents using civilians as human shields has dramatically slowed down operations.
 
“Changes happened in the insurgents movements as they leave the country to find more money. But our operations are ongoing and we have good achievements,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the MoI.
 
Although MoD says everything is under control, the Helmand-Kandahar highway has been closed for three days as heavy clashes continue in Nad Ali and Sangin districts – an issue that has raised concerns over the management of the operation.
 
“Our operations are progressing and we have achieved good results,” said Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 215 Maiwand Military Corps.
 
In addition, more than 13 villages and two military bases are under serious threat in Baghlan-e-Markazi and security forces have been criticized for not launching a massive offensive against Taliban.
 
“We will launch an operation in the near future in Baghlan province,” said Ziauddin, commander of the First Battalion, Second Brigade of 209th Shaheen Military Corps. 

Operation Shafaq 2 Progressing Slowly: MoD

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said insurgents using civilians as human shields has dramatically slowed down operations

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Mohammad Radmanesh, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday said Operation Shafaq 2 is moving forward as planned – albeit slowly. 
 
This comes as security forces battle insurgents in 18 provinces.
 
According to Radmanesh, clashes are ongoing between security forces and Taliban in parts of Helmand, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan and many other provinces and that protecting civilians has slowed down the pace of operations.
 
“We launched operations to protect Afghan people and their homes,” he said.
 
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said insurgents using civilians as human shields has dramatically slowed down operations.
 
“Changes happened in the insurgents movements as they leave the country to find more money. But our operations are ongoing and we have good achievements,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the MoI.
 
Although MoD says everything is under control, the Helmand-Kandahar highway has been closed for three days as heavy clashes continue in Nad Ali and Sangin districts – an issue that has raised concerns over the management of the operation.
 
“Our operations are progressing and we have achieved good results,” said Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 215 Maiwand Military Corps.
 
In addition, more than 13 villages and two military bases are under serious threat in Baghlan-e-Markazi and security forces have been criticized for not launching a massive offensive against Taliban.
 
“We will launch an operation in the near future in Baghlan province,” said Ziauddin, commander of the First Battalion, Second Brigade of 209th Shaheen Military Corps. 

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