The provincial police chief of the southern Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq has said a major operation will kick off against the insurgents in this province.

Gen. Raziq made the remarks during a visit to the restive Maiwand district of Kandahar.

Maiwand together with the Ghorak district borders the restive Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of Helmand province in the south which occasionally witness insurgency activities by the militant groups.

In the meantime, Gen. Raziq promised the residents of the two provinces that all the areas lying along the bordering lines of the two province will be cleared of the insurgents soon.

He said the operations will be launched by the Afghan security forces and the American forces based in the Afghanistan will provide support to the Afghan troops.

Gen. Raziq admitted that security related issues continue to threaten the residents of Maiwand and Ghorak districts.

The security situation has improved during the recent years in Kandahar which was once one of the main strongholds of the Taliban insurgents and was the birthplace of the group.

However, the group continues to its efforts to destabilize the key southern provinces as part of their ongoing summer offensive and have concentrated attacks mainly in southern Helmand province where they attempt to establish strongholds in a bid to capture the other key areas in the south.


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