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Heroes: to the rescue of the locals

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The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) successfully restored law and order in Chahardara district of Kunduz province over the last month. The joint operation was in response to complaints about illegal tax extortion by insurgents.

The local residents in support of the Government of Afghanistan praised the bravery of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA). They defeated the armed militants who tried to impose illegal taxes on the villagers and forced hundreds of civilians out of their homes.

By trusting in the capabilities and professionalism of the Afghan Security Forces, local elders asked the provincial government to restore order, in which their call was answered instantly.

“Security was restored in most parts of the district,” reported General Abdul Sabor Nassrati, the commander in charge of the operation. He added that in a few remaining villages his forces were still operating to eliminate the remaining threats. “The ANDSF are doing their best to protect the property of the people and prevent any civilian casualties.” The General spoke proudly of his men who did not hesitate to engage the enemy.

One of the 3,000 ANDSF men involved in the operation is the 35 year old ANA Commander called Bahaddor Shah. He is a brave Afghan son who heroically fought for the people of Chahardara.

Commander Shah explained the options to the insurgents. “They should lay down their weapons, ask for forgiveness and join the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP). Otherwise, I promise we will defeat them and bring them to justice where the law and constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will decide their fate,” he said.

During this operation over 85 insurgents were killed including a known militant commander Qari Noor Agha; 12 were arrested.