Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy chief executive of the National Unity Government, says government has questionably delayed its air and ground support to security forces in volatile areas.
In an interview with TOLOnews on Saturday, Mohaqiq said government rescued over 200 Daesh fighters in Jawzjan in a short time but neglected to send air support to its forces in volatile areas such as Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.
“The Air Force transferred 250 Daesh fighters from Darzab district in one night. But 42 soldiers were under siege in Chinarto district in Uruzgan and the Air Force could not rescue them,” said Mohaqiq.
Meanwhile, a number of soldiers told TOLOnews in a telephonic conversation that they have been under Taliban siege in Khas Uruzgan district in Uruzgan province over the last 10 days. They said they are yet to receive any support from the central government.
According to the soldiers, their food and water have finished and they need immediate backup.
Security agencies have indirectly rejected the claims.
“In 24 hours, we had two flights to that district (Khas Uruzgan),” Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said.
“It is not true that they are under siege. But if they need equipment, they will be supported,” Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told reporters in Kabul on Saturday.
Mohammad Ali, a resident of Kabul, meanwhile said his son is a police officer in the Public Protection Forces, but in the last few days he and other soldiers are under siege at a check post in Dawlat Abad district in Faryab province.
“The officers say they are under siege by the enemy over the last few days and so far they have not received any support from air or ground,” said Mohammad Ali.
This comes after a string of attacks against government forces in different parts of the country in which ground forces received air support with a delay.
Dozens of soldiers were disappeared in Chinarto district in Jawzjan province earlier this month. The soldiers were under siege for many days. The soldiers’ bodies were found few days after they disappeared.