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Barred from attacking Taliban checkpoints: Soldiers


Barred from attacking Taliban checkpoints: Soldiers

Jul 05, 2017 - 15:35

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Some Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in northern Kunduz province claim they were not allowed to hit Taliban’s checkpoints on the main highway.

Critical of the restrictions from top commanders, the soldiers say the militants had established check-posts on the Kunduz-Baghlan highway in the Madrassa locality of Aliabad district.

One Taliban checkpoint is just 200 metres from the scene of fighting, but the ANA troops allege they are not allowed to launch an offensive against the insurgents.

According to the soldiers, the rebels search every vehicle at the check-point. Fatah, one of the soldiers, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “You can see the Taliban checking vehicles but we have been barred from assaulting them.”

Akhar Shah, another ANA soldier, asked top commanders to let them launch crack down on the Taliban who bothered passengers.

This Pajhwok reporter also witnessed the Taliban checkpoint on the highway, where the group checked all vehicles.

Brig. Gen. Syed Qurban Musavi, chief of staff at the 20th Pamir Unit, said a plan was being chalked out to launch offensive, but the militants hiding in civilian homes created problems.

He added the vital northern highway remained open for traffic and there was no security on the busy road.