The Taliban took control of the Afghan district of Daulat Sha in Faryab province (north) on Monday evening as part of the territorial advances made by the insurgent group against the security forces in recent months.
Abdulahad Elbek, a member of the Faryab provincial council, said security forces had withdrawn from the area after the recent fighting, adding that there was “no news” of the presence of agents in the area.
“The telecommunications services are not working and there is no information about victims on either side,” he told the Afghan television station Tolo TV. The insurgents took control of the Shahrak district in Ghor province (West) on Sunday.
Government troops also left the center of the Qaysar district in the Faryab province (north) on Monday after several days of fighting with insurgents, as the German news agency DPA announced.
Afghanistan has plunged into an increase in violence despite the peace talks between the government and the Taliban that began in the Qatari capital Doha in September and the withdrawal of international troops from the country.
In this context, the Taliban have made territorial gains in recent months, raising concerns about the possible inadequate capacity of the Afghan security forces to use to their advantage in peace negotiations.
On the other hand, the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Tuesday that countries with troops in Afghanistan speed up resettlement programs for translators and other workers in light of the danger they would be exposed to once they leave.
“Afghans who have worked with foreign troops or embassies face great risk of revenge from the Taliban,” said Patricia Gossman, HRW deputy director for Asia. “Countries must commit to helping Afghans who are at risk from working with foreign forces,” he added.
He stressed that “the countries that are now withdrawing from Afghanistan have been very slow in developing evacuation, relocation and relocation plans for former Afghan workers”.
“They need to recognize that normal roads will be too slow and that accelerated road maps are needed for Afghans and their families who might be persecuted for working for coalition forces,” Gossman said.
The Taliban assured on Monday that all Afghans who worked for the international armed forces would be safe after the withdrawal of foreign troops, saying that these people had no reason to leave the Central Asian country.
The group’s spokesman, Zabihulá Mujahid, noted that “a large number of Afghans have been deceived and collaborated with foreign forces during the 20-year occupation” before stressing that these people “should and should show remorse for their past actions.” that they should not participate ”. these activities in the future as they represent a betrayal of Islam and the country. “
However, he stressed that “no one should leave the country” and that “no one will disturb them”. Indeed, he requested that “they return to their normal life and, when they have experience in an area, serve their country”. “You will not be in danger from us,” said Mujahid.
“We saw them as our enemies when they were right in the ranks of our enemies, but if they leave the ranks of the enemy and choose to live as normal Afghans in their homeland, they will have no problem and should not be afraid . ” Mujahid closed.