Ghor province (see map) is situated in the western zone of Afghanistan. Jozjan and Farah are situated in the north, Bamyan and Urzgan in the east, Helmond and Farah in the south and Heart and Badghis in the west of this province. The total area of this province is 36479 sq. kilometer and the population is more than 500,000, writes The Voice of Jihad.
Ghor province is mostly a mountainous area. Its winter is severely cold. It has very few plain areas. The inhabitants of this province are mostly Tajiks. Similarly some Uzbeks, Hazaras and Pashtuns are also living in this province.
Ghor province has totally ten districts. Apart from one district (Lal-o-Sarjangal), Mujahideen have strong presence in all other areas. Approximately 70% area is under the control of Mujahideen. The district of Lal-o-Sarjangal (see map) is situated on the border of Bamyan province and the dwellers are mostly Hazaras belonging to Shia sect. Here Hezb-i-Wahdat group is in power. It was the only turbulence area of Ghor province even in the reign of the Islamic Emirate and there were movements against the Islamic Emirate. Apart from this district, Mujahideen have control in all other areas of this province.
Shinkot, Teora, Dolina and Shahrak are the name of those districts where the government institutions are present only in the central areas. The remaining areas are completely cleaned up from the enemy. In Charsada and Dolatyar districts, most of the areas are also under the control of Mujahideen. Adjacent to Herat province, Saghar and Tolak are the districts where Mujahideen have strong presence but they don't have full control.
Moulvi Attaullah Umari who was the part of a delegation to evaluate the Jihad situation and has visited Ghor province, says that Mujahideen had even stronger and general influence than our estimations. Most parts were freed from the enemy. In many districts the enemy's bases were besieged by Mujahideen and the enemy was unable to come out and perform operations.
In Ghor province only the main road from Heart to Chaghcharan (the capital of Ghor province - see map) is open and can be utilized by the enemy for his logistics. The roads of the districts are closed for the enemy and in most of the areas the enemy is supplied by air.
According to Moulvi Attaullah another considerable point was the vast support of the people for Jihad. There was no one in the villages, towns and districts, supporting the enemy. All the people were co-operating Mujahideen. The people recognized the Islamic Emirate as their official government system and used to refer all their cases to the courts of the Islamic Emirate.
In Ghor province the invading forces of Norway are deployed who have presence only in the capital city of Chaghcharan (see map). The foreign invaders are found nowhere else in this province. The enemy only controls the central city of Chaghcharan and some neighboring areas. In these areas the government has utilized some of the Arbakis (a tribal soldier setup) to defend the official departments but they have no presence in other parts of the province. In Ghor province the losses of Mujahideen are very little as compared to the losses of the enemy. According to Mujahideen of this province, no incident has taken place in which Mujahideen are martyred collectively.
Mujahideen in Ghor province say that the national and internal media have been very unjust in presenting the picture of this province. Although most of the areas of this province have been conquered by Mujahideen and the enemy has a very symbolic presence here, but still the media is depicting the picture as if Mujahideen have no presence in this province. They (the Mujahideen) say that the communication problems in this province have been the main obstacle that most of the time the reports of Jihad operations are not broadcasted. But generally it can be said that this area is one of the most important Jihadi areas where the masses are standing shoulder to shoulder with Mujahideen and the enemy enjoys no place amongst them.
In Ghor province there used to be hostility and enmity among different tribes, but with the blessings of Jihad and Mujahideen, all those rivalries and difficulties are solved and now the people are living in more cordial atmosphere as compared to the past. If we go into the details of Jihadi operations of Ghor province, this article might get exceedingly protracted. You can read the detailed reports of the Jihadi operations of Ghor province in the news portion of the Al-emarah website and similarly in the (Morchal Magazine) of the publication department of the Islamic Emirate (the latest 49th edition of the magazine for January 2013 can be downloaded at this link, or read online at this link).
Department of Monitoring