After suffering heavy casualties and humiliating defeats in the fierce counter attacks of Mujahideen during the ongoing futile ‘Zulfiqar’ operation in Helmand province’s Sangin district, the enemy troops began systematically targeting civilians in retaliation. During the destructive operations over past several weeks, the ruthless enemy troops bulldozed hundreds of civilian homes around Sangin district center and have similarly destroyed the water canal going through the district center all the way up to Fath Muhammad Peich area, the reconstruction of which seems impossible in the near future.
At the southern portion of the district, the enemy destroyed all homes for about a 10 kilometer stretch in broad daylight. The poor civilians only managed to save their lives while all the property and valuables were crushed under the bulldozers of the oppressive regime.
As an example, the destruction of homes caused around the bottom portion of Sangin bazaar is as follows:
10 homes around Haji Naimatullah mosque
30 homes in Perozo area
23 homes around Haji Nur Muhammad Sahib mosque
12 homes in Haji Zahir Shela area
50 homes in Chamanan area
17 homes in Haji Abdul Rahman village
27 homes around Mawlawi Mahuddin mosque in Ahmedzo
28 homes in Haji Mira Jan village
10 homes in Haji Shah Ghasi Agha village
10 homes in Haji Muhammad Gul village
20 homes in Gumbatu area
9 homes in Haji Khudai Daad village
40 homes in Haji Gul Shela area
30 homes in Haji Hameedullah Aka Shela area
50 homes in Haji Gul Baba Shela area
50 homes in Haji Durrani Shela area
20 homes in Haji Kareem Shela area
20 homes around Mawlawiano mosque
10 homes around Haji Abdul Hakim mosque
10 homes in Mobile Khada area
40 homes around Haji Muhammad Rasoul mosque in Shakar Shela area
20 homes around Mawlawi Maluk mosque
50 homes in Haji Rahimuddin village
30 homes in Haji Mullah Sammad village
20 homes in Haji Lalai Agha village
5 homes in Mistiri Aka village in Dasht area
30 homes in Haji Mullah Sa’dullah Aka village
10 homes around Sra Musa Jan mosque
While 2 villages southwards Breshna Kot area were completely flattened yesterday
The white-bearded elders and oppressed residents of the abovementioned areas have repeatedly raised their voices in protest to this inhumane aggression and have even travelled to Kandahar and Kabul however their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. They say that they have met with the representatives of BBC in Kandahar however they responded by saying that they are barred from covering the story. The journalists here in Helmand have also been prohibited from releasing such reports that’s why they do not cover our story or help in raising awareness.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which has always stood next to its oppressed and helpless countrymen, strongly condemns this un-Islamic, inhumane and anti-Afghan action, sympathizes with the affected and vows that it will take revenge for these brutal actions from the enemy, Inshallah (God willing).
The Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate in Sangin district, for the purpose of shedding light about the ongoing criminality and indiscriminate destruction, invites media workers to visit the area after contacting and gaining permission from the spokesman of Islamic Emirate in order to witness the crimes firsthand and gain access to witnesses.
Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.