With the coming of spring, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) promised on Monday to launch major clearing operations throughout the country in order to combat insurgent groups.
Military officials said operations are already underway in thirteen provinces. "Already we have launched operations in at least 13 provinces of the country, and the national army is fully prepared to chase the enemy anywhere until their complete elimination," deputy MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri told TOLOnews on Monday.
The 195,000-strong Afghan Bational Army force is divided into six army corps: the 201 Selab Army corpse, stationed in eastern provinces of Laghman, Nuristan, Kunar, Nangarhar, Panjsher, Parwan and Kapisa; the 203 Thunder Army Corps, operating in Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni and Bamyan provinces; the 205 Atal Army Corps, based in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Daikondi provinces; the 207 Zafar Army Corps, in Herat, Farah, Badghis and Ghor province; the 209 Shaheen Army Corps, deployed in Balkh, Baghlan, Samangan, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Jawozjan province; and, finally, the Maiwand Army Corps, who operate in Helmand and Nimroz province. The 111th Army Brigade is then stationed in Kabul to provide security for the capital exclusively.
Alongside the corps, two ANA Task Force and Special Operations Brigade of Commandos are also engaged in counter-terrorism operations around the country.
"The ground forces of the army are fully equipped with the latest weapons; the only problem in our way is the lack of air support," Mr. Waziri said. "Although our air support area is now complete, we still need fighter jets, and efforts are underway to resolve the issue."
The comments come after military officials announced the success of a new ANA operations in the restive Sangeen district of southern Helmand province. "The scale of operations launched by our forces in Sangeen district will be expanded in other parts of the province," ANA commander Abdul Khaliq told.