Suspected aircraft drops supplies to Taliban: Officials

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 03:41 Written by  Heart Of Asia Read 112 times

Afghan officials claimed on Monday (May 15) that a suspected aircraft dropped some bags, believed to be military supplies, in northern Jowzjan province. The four-engine silencer aircraft airdropped bags of supplies to the Taliban in the troubled Darzab district on Sunday afternoon, Rahmatullah Hasher, administrator of the same district, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

 

 He said identity of the aircraft was unclear and concerned officials were conducting investigations to ascertain the facts. Four days ago, two unidentified were also reported making landing in the Taliban controlled areas of Sar-e-Pul province.

 Deputy Chief of Afghan army General Murad Ali Murad while leading a delegation paid visit to Sar-e-Pul to conduct investigations about the landing of two suspected choppers. Afghan defense ministry says investigations about the Sar-e-Pul incident were ongoing and the findings would be made public once completed. 

Recently, some reports suggested that Russia was providing military assistance to Taliban, a claim rejected by both the Taliban and Russia. Though there was no word by the Taliban about the fresh incident in Jowzjan they denied such allegations in the past.

 Wolesi Jirga—lower house of parliament—expressed concern over these events and urged the national unity government to take serious steps in this regard. Most of the Afghans believe that majority of the armed groups were being equipped and financed by foreign forces and regional intelligence agencies because neither these groups fall short of arms and ammunition nor the Afghan war ends. According to the Afghan officials and common citizens, the war may not be ended unless and until the sources of these logistics are cut off. Fighting between the Taliban and Daesh affiliated gunmen has been continuing in Darzab district for the last sometime and both the sides have suffered casualties.