Afghan Army Tests its Mettle Against TTP, LeT

  • The smoke from mortar and rocket attacks rises from the mountains of Dangam in the remote eastern border region of Afghanistan as Talban insurgents battle government forces in a bid to establish a permanent presence
  • The above phenomenon caused for the reason that the American soldiers who led the fight here for more than a decade had keft.
  • The U.S.-led international effort to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban officially shifts from a combat to a training band support mission with Afghan forces assuming full responsibility for security nationwide on New Year’s Day.
  • A residual force of 10,800 Americans and almost 3,000 NATO soldiers will remain under the banner of a new mission called Resolute Support.
  • Over the last 18 months, U.S. and NATO forces have been closing their bases across the country, taking their battlefield prowess, air support and medical evacuation assets with them.
  • The war is meanwhile creeping into urban and residential areas, putting ordinary people at greater risk.
  • Civilian casualties look set to hit 10,000 in 2014, the highest yearly total of dead and wounded since the U.N. began keeping records in 2008.
  • More than 75 per cent of the deaths and injuries are caused by Taliban attacks, according to the U.N.
  • There are few places where Afghan forces have been tested as ferociously as in Dangam, a forested valley where life has changed little for centuries.
  • According to Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, Afghan army corps commander for eastern Afghanistan: The fighting began when local residents decided they had had enough of the Taliban, who had set up a “shadow” administration and were attempting to take control of the valley
  • Kunar governor Sheja-ul Mulk Jalala said :Up to 550 families have been forced from their homes, and more than 40 houses have been destroyed
  • Tribal elder Haji Muzamel said another 800 families have been pinned down by the fighting.
  • Haseb Sediqi, spokesman for the National Security Directorate intelligence agency said:The terrorists have very important goals in Dangam, such as establishing permanent bases or transferring their bases from the other side of the border
  • Officials said that since early December more than 1,000 heavily armed insurgents have turned up here, including members of the Pakistani Taliban, or TTP, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai in 2008 in which more than 160 people were killed.