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Reinforcements arrive in Uruzgan as highway reopened

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Local officials on Saturday said reinforcements had arrived in Tirinkot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province after the reopening of the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway.

Tirinkot city has been under attack from Taliban militants, who have captured some areas from Afghan forces in the past one month.

An official at the ministry of defense, Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, who has gone to Uruzgan to lead the battle against militants, said that reinforcements had reached Tirinkot after the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway was reopened.

He added the Afghan forces were ready to drive the Taliban from the Trinkot.

“All government organs including the governor’s house, have forged good coordination and effective plans for the elimination of the Taliban were being worked out,” he continued.

Hamid confirmed reinforcements’ reaching Tirinkot included commandos, special units, attack forces and other security personnel, who would conduct operations based on an effective plan.

He said the highway would remain open, as many security posts had been set up.

The security posts had blocked Taliban’s supply routes in Uruzgan and Helmand provinces, he concluded.

This comes as a week earlier the Ministry of Interior sacked Uruzgan police chief Mohammad Wais Samimi for growing insecurity in the province.

Provincial Spokesman, Dost Mohammad Nayab, said that the police chief had been a Taliban sympathizer, adding that Sayed Aqa Saqeb, an experienced officer was assigned as an acting provincial police chief.

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