Successful hostage release of 11 Afghan policemen in Badakhshan
Afghan National Security Forces forces recently proved to their citizens that they are quite capable of protecting them from the destructive efforts of insurgents.
Eleven Afghan policemen, who had been held hostage for nine days by insurgents, were released on Dec. 14 as a result of relentless pressure from ANSF.
The hostages, who were taken during an ambush in the Warduj district Dec. 5, were finally released as a result of a joint operation called yarghal which means “attack.” The yarghal operative was led by Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, Commander of the 2nd Brigade 209th Corps, and assisted by the Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police and the National Directorate of Security. The operation was also supported by the ISAF Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team of the 2nd Brigade, the Kandak 2nd Brigade, Mobile Observation Team Fayzabad, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, and the staff of Forward Planning Cell from Regional Command North Headquarters.
From the onset of the ordeal, ISAF representatives, Afghan security forces and government officials refused to compromise with insurgents, making it clear that their demands would be declined. Insurgents were only given the choice to lay down their weapons and join the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program or risk an attack by ANSF.
After negotiations failed, Maj. Gen. Waziri launched Operation Yarghal. The first step was clearing the insurgent occupied villages of Awij and Aqshira. As ANSF forces approached, insurgents fled into the Valley of Aqshira. The eleven hostages were finally released. No concessions were made to insurgents.
The success of Operation Yarghal marks an important step in gaining security and stability in the Warduj region. But, more importantly, it reassures the Afghans that they can rely on ANSF to protect its population from insurgents.
Article by Chief Petty Officer Oscar Troncoso, ISAF REgional Command North