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Drones added to Afghan army fleet in northeast

Drones added to Afghan army fleet in northeast

Mar 30, 2017 - 16:25

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan forces have been equipped with drone aircrafts to strengthen their fight against militants in the northeastern zone, a senior official said on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Sher Aziz Kamawal, the 808th Spinzar Military Corps general commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News the drones were provided to the Afghan forces 15 days ago.

Without revealing the number of drones, he said the aircrafts were being used in the northeastern zone including Kunduz province.

“The number of these aircrafts is secret, they are controlled by the Defense Ministry’s detective department,” he said.

He said drones were completely owned by Afghans and many centers of militants had so far been destroyed in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz.

Kamawal said detective organs put the number militants operating in Kunduz at around 1,800 including foreigners. The fighters posed a great threat to Afghanistan and Central Asia, he said.

“Foreign fighters in Taliban ranks are from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Chechen and Northern Turkistan. They have created many problems for their own countries and Afghanistan, we want the world’s powerful countries to help Afghanistan in eliminating these rebels,” Kamawal said.

The Taliban had the plan to overrun at least five provinces including Kunduz last year, but they failed as Afghan forces strongly stood against them, he said.

He confirmed militants’ infiltration in Afghan forces but said detective organs had launched their efforts to remove such figures.

About Russia’s interference, he said Russia would meet the same fate once it suffered in the past if Moscow again interfered in the country’s internal affairs.

“It is in no country’s interest to interfere in our affairs, we will strongly respond to such attempts,” he said.

He ensured good coordination between security forces in Kunduz and said no one would be allowed to disrupt security of the province.

 “Security situation is very good in Kunduz, we have taken special measures and past incidents would not recur, people should not worry about the situation,” Kamawal added.

Kunduz has become one of the most unstable provinces of the country after it fell twice to rebel control in the past two years.