Afghan security forces managed to regain control of the highway connecting Herat and Badghis provinces in western Afghanistan as part of an operation that killed at least 15 Taliban militiamen on local television station Tolo.
The 170-kilometer highway, which is vital for connections in western Afghanistan, was closed for a few days due to a Taliban attack. “We will set up military bases in areas where the Taliban pose a threat to the people,” said Colonel Shir Aqa Alokozai, security chief at Badghis Police Headquarters.
“Ensuring the safety of the highways is our mission. All districts along the highway are under the protection of the Third Brigade of the Afghan National Army,” said Abdul Basir Nuristani, recruiting officer of the Afghan National Army. Third Brigade of the Afghan Army based in Badghis.
The military official said the Taliban lay mines and block roads if they cannot confront the Afghan security forces directly. “If they don’t make peace with us, they won’t make peace with anyone. We are ready to fight them if they want to fight, but it shouldn’t be like them. They cause problems for ordinary people,” said an Afghan Soldier.
The Badghis Provincial Council has warned that threats against the highway connecting this province with Herat have continued and called for additional military posts to be set up. “There are two bases in Laman, one for the army and one for the police. Three other areas require security posts to keep the highway open to traffic,” said Badghis Bahaudin Qadesi, member of the regional council.