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8,000 families displaced amid intensifying violence

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KABUL: Over 8,000 families have been displaced across Afghanistan due to ongoing violence amid final foreign troops withdrawal set for September 11.

The spike in the deadly incident violence in the recent weeks has claimed casualties to the Afghan security forces and civilians. Heavy clashes are continuing in Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar and Lagman provinces, leading to the displacement of more than 8,000 families.

Sharifullah Shafiq, the head of the refugees and repatriations directorate in Baghlan province, said that 8,500 families have been displaced due to the fresh spate of violence.

These families are not facing a shortage of shelter with any access to health services. They are also lacking education and other facilities for a normal life.

Plan has been chalked out to help our displaced countrymen, said Sayed Abdul Baist Haidari, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation. “We have shared and worked with NGOs to meet their needs.”

Recently, a Pentagon official said that after the US withdrawal, any number of possibilities might arise, including a takeover of the country by the Taliban — or a defeat of the Taliban by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

“I will acknowledge the range of potential outcomes in the months as we go forward,” Brig. Gen. Matthew Trollinger, the deputy director of politico-military affairs for the Middle East, on the Joint Staff, said. “I will say the ANDSF (Afghan security forces) — they’re a capable force. They have capable ground, air and special operations forces, and here; very recently, they’ve effectively both defended against Taliban attacks as well as gone on the offensive to disrupt Taliban activities.”

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