The mystery of airdropping weapons, ammunition to militants

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:14 Written by  Heart Of Asia Read 155 times

Afghan conflict sometimes takes on very peculiar and ambiguous dimensions, which makes it difficult for people to distinguish between friends and enemies. Such ambiguity shatters the already vanishing hopes of Afghan nation for peace and stability, which is the prime victim of the ongoing war. The people of Afghanistan see the continuation of war steers them towards an imbroglio, but they are helpless, and cannot do anything to stop the war. Even the apparent parties to the conflict admit they are tired of the war, but still not only the war continues unabated, but is also escalating day by day.

 

One of the examples of the ambiguity of Afghan conflict is the issue of dropping weapons and ammunition to the Taliban from helicopters. Over the last several years, there have been reports about the aerial supplying of Taliban. One latest incident has occurred in the country’s north. Unknown helicopters have landed in an area under Taliban control in the Sayaad district of Sar-e-Pul province. In another instance, Afghan officials say a helicopter has dropped weapons and other supplies to the militants in the Darzab district of Jawzjan province. Darzad district governor says a four-machine, soundless aircraft has dropped supply packages in a Taliban-controlled area to equip and supply the militants. 

This is not the first such instance, and will not be the last one. Such instances have repeatedly occurred, but neither Afghan government nor foreign troops have so far provided any convincing clarifications about those incidents. The government has always promised an investigation into such incidents, but has never made the findings public. 

Providing clarification about such occurrences is the responsibility of both the government and its western allies. The people should know why and who are usually transporting supplies and weapons using helicopters to the Taliban in areas where it is impossible for the militants to receive supplies through ground routes. If foreign countries are behind it, the government and foreign troops have to curb it. If the government pretends that it lacks the necessary capabilities and resources to prevent such supplies, the foreign troops have no acceptable excuse because they have enough equipment to easily control Afghan airspace. The issue of airdropping of supplies and weapons to the insurgents should no longer remain a puzzle because it can further strengthen the existing suspicions of American intentions in Afghanistan.