New special unit to increase Kabul security, monitor checkpoints

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The Interior Ministry said it has set up a special unit to monitor checkpoints in Kabul. Officials of this unit say they will mount night patrols tasked with preventing armed robberies and monitoring the activities of the security forces.

“Whoever wants to compromise security, our mes-sage to them is not to try–they cannot, inshallah,” said Mawlawi Shirahmad Rouhani, deputy director general of internal security of the Ministry of Inte-rior.

According to officials, the 500-strong unit is equipped with advanced military weapons and for the past two weeks has have been conducting pa-trols to ensure the security of the people and to monitor the checkpoints and security areas of Ka-bul.

“Security has improved in the area and the check-points are quite regular. You have seen that in heavy rain and cold weather, even in the Pul-e-Charkhi area, there are soldiers who ensure the security of the people,” said Mawlawi Ahmad, commander of the internal operations unit of the Ministry of Inte-rior.

“Here we have created checkpoints and we are working to ensure the safety and security of the people,” said Samiullah, a member of the Islamic Emirate forces.

Meanwhile, residents of Kabul consider the launch of this unit useful for improving security and they urged the Islamic Emirate to prevent serious crimes in Kabul.

“These checkpoints are good, they are effective, the more checkpoints mean better security,” said a Ka-bul resident.

“Since the Islamic Emirate’s takeover, the security is good and we do not have any problems,” said a driver in Kabul.

In the meantime, security officials said they are working to ensure the safety of the citizens.

“We work to ensure security, we monitor our checkpoints so they are up to standards, and the people can sleep comfortably,” said Abdul Qahir Abu Bakr, commander of police district 15.

According to the MoI, these soldiers have been well-trained to tackle complex security incidents. The capacity of the unit is expected to increase.

“(I) congratulate the brave people of Afghanistan. We have our own troops… We are the owner of our troops now. They (Islamic Emirate’s forces) protect their nation, soil, the national values,” said Noor Mohammad Jalali, the deputy minister of Interior.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Special Forces unit, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, told the newly graduated unit that the security forces should not harass the people.

“You are trained to bring happiness and protect them. You are not trained to disturb them. You should remember this- you should bring happiness and safety. You should not spread fear in the na-tion,” he said.

After the collapse of around 350,000 former Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the current Afghan government is seeking to boost its military capacity to decrease the security incidents in various parts of the country.

“We, the special forces of the Islamic Emirate, are performing … rapid duties to counter the enemy. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the Islamic Emir-ate,” said a solider of the Special Force Unit.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense said it would form a large command of troop comprised of 100,000 members.

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