“These foreign insurgents are stationed in Almar, Qaisa, Khwaja Sabzpoh and Sherin Tagab districts of Faryab,” said Governor’s Spokesman Abdul Karim Yourish, adding that the insurgents trained the Taliban in technical and military areas through camera quad-copters and other conflict tactics.
BALKH: Over 200 families of foreign fighters currently live alongside the Taliban militants in northern Faryab province, OrbandNews has reliably learned.
Faryab is one of the country’s unstable provinces in the north of the country which shares borders with Sar-e-Pul, Jawjzan, Badghis, Herat and Ghor provinces.
Taliban are active in all 13 districts of the province and often engage in conflicts with Afghan forces during which civilians also suffer casualties.
Faryab Governor Naqibullah Fayeq told OrbandNews that more than 200 families of Uzbekistani militants lived under the Taliban’s protection in the province.
He said that the foreign nationals support the Taliban on the battlefield, providing military training, including making bombs, planting them and using sniper weapons.
Governor’s Spokesman Abdul Karim Yourish confirmed the presence of foreign insurgents in the province and said that the rebels lived with their families, five to six members on average.
“These foreign insurgents are stationed in Almar, Qaisa, Khwaja Sabzpoh and Sherin Tagab districts of Faryab,” he said, adding that the insurgents trained the Taliban in technical and military areas through using camera quad-copters and other conflict tactics.
Yourish said that Afghan forces were trying to find the exact location of the insurgents and drive them out of the area.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected claims of Faryab officials as propaganda and said that the group did not need foreign insurgents to be trained.
Taliban’s usage of drone photography
Faryab Governor Naqibullah Fayeq, in a post with camera drone photo on his Twitter account, said “Foreign insurgents with their Islamic State (IS) or Daesh-liked believes who are with the Taliban have access to camera drones.”
He said that the camera drones could fly for several kilometers and could take videos of targeted areas even during the night.
The provincial military leadership had directed security forces to shoot down any camera drones seen in their regions, Fayeq said.
Sebghatullah Selab, deputy provincial council head of Faryab, also revealed that the Taliban used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for capturing Afghan forces’ positions.
The Taliban didn’t comment in this regard.
A number of residents of Faryab also complained about the worsened security situation in their areas and asked for an end to violence.
Zabihullah Afshar, a resident of the Sherin Tagab district of Faryab province, also confirmed the presence of foreign fighters in parts of the province and said the foreign rebels guided the Taliban on the battlefield.
However, he could not name exact locations where foreign insurgents lived, mainly for security reasons.