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Recent attacks beyond Taliban’s ability: Waziri

Recent attacks beyond Taliban’s ability: Waziri

Oct 19, 2017 - 18:03

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday accused Pakistan intelligence agencies of being behind recent attacks in Afghanistan, saying the assaults were beyond Taliban’s ability.

MoD spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said the Taliban used all its resources this spring to achieve their strategic goals, but failed.

In recent days, dozens of Afghan soldiers and civilians have been killed in Taliban attacks in Paktia, Kandahar, Farah and Ghazni provinces.

Waziri said the recent attacks did not mean the enemy was succeeding but they would face with the same fate they faced in the spring.

He said 20 operations of commando forces and 15 regional operations supported by air forces were ongoing today, in which dozens of militants had been killed and wounded.

“These attacks are organized by the enemies of Afghanistan from across the border, the terrorist attacks carried out in the recent days were out of Taliban’s ability,” he said.

Pakistan intelligence agents supported the Taliban in organizing such attacks, he alleged. “When a district falls to Taliban, for example when some districts fell to rebels in Badakhshan and Helmand provinces, the enemy seized 70 percent of vehicles but most of them were destroyed.”

He said the international community should press Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists. “Those who are Afghans can join the peace process like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar,” he said.

The enemy by conducting suicide attacks wanted to show to the international community that they were still powerful, he said.

About the attack in Kandahar, he said the enemy targeted an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Maiwand district last midnight, killing a large number of soldiers killed in a short time.

In the Maiwand attack, of 60 troops manning the base, 43 soldiers were killed, nine wounded and six others were missing, he said. Only two soldiers survived in the attack, Waziri concluded.