Of Jihad From Paktia’s Paternal Mountains - Mujahideen
07 July 2010
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Paktia province is located in southeast Afghanistan
and shares borders with the provinces of Logar, Ghazny,
Paktika and Khost. Paktia is a province and
mountainous and rugged terrain with the exception of
its capital Gardiz and the Zarmut and Said Karam
directorates. Forests of oak and pine cover most of
its mountains, and it therefore represents one of the
best spots in Afghanistan in terms of natural beauty.
The famous Suliman mountain chain extends east and
west through the province and covers most of its area.
The standard of living of residents in this province
in terms of poverty does not much differ from the
remaining Afghan provinces. They do not own spacious
lands for farming, so its people live on what they can
get from lumber, fruits and other produce of the
Paktia is one of the provinces whose people were
greatly damaged in the days of the Russian occupation
when their homes and villages were destroyed by heavy
bombing in the long battles which went on for more
than ten years. Its people were forced to leave their
homes and migrate to other areas because their
districts - like Zadran, Jaji and Zarmut - were among
the most important areas of Mujahideen influence and
there the Russians sustained great losses.
When America attacked Afghanistan, Paktia was once
again the province from which was launched the spark
of resistance against the Americans face-to-face.
American forces encountered their most fierce
resistance in the mountains of Shahi Kut in the Zarmut
directorate. The Americans sustained great losses
there and the American generals admitted that the
American army had not encountered such resistance in
forty years since its battles in Vietnam.
That momentous battle is considered the first opening
in the path of the resistance against the American
Crusader forces, vanishing from the minds of the
people the terror planted there by the American
propaganda war. After that violent resistance,
Jihadist opposition spread in other areas of Paktia
and it did not take a long time to pass before secret,
scattered resistance transformed into open and
In view of the strategic military importance of this
province, the enemy has established strong military
bases and dispatched large forces there with the
intent of weakening Jihadist resistance. Through the
grace of Almighty Allah, however, they have not been
able to achieve their goals there and their forces
have become confined to their military bases.
As for the Mujahideen, they control 80% of the area of
this province and the enemy is not able to move freely
in the region except for some special areas. For
example, the districts of Chawani, Ibrahim Kheil and
Sada Kula and the neighboring villages around the
provincial capital Gardiz are all under the control of
the Mujahideen. Enemy convoys encounter Mujahideen
opposition by merely trying to leave the city center.
The Arma directorate west of the city was completely
conquered by the Mujahideen four years ago and there
is absolutely no enemy presence there. As for the
Zarmut directorate, despite the presence there of four
alleged reconstruction units called P.R.T.s and a
large number of barracks for Crusader troops and their
agents from the lackey army, the enemy controls
nothing except the district center. The remaining wide
areas of this directorate, including the famous Wadi
Shahi Kut, are all under the control of the Mujahideen
and enemy forces and convoys are not able to pass from
Gardiz in the direction of Ghazny and Paktika.
On the other side, in the directorates of Shawak,
Karda Chiri and Waza Zadran situated on the road
between Gardiz and Khost, the enemy controls nothing
except for the district centers and some checkpoints
on the public highway. The remainder of the area is
generally under the influence of the Mujahideen. The
areas between Jani Kheil and Mungal are considered
areas of Mujahideen control, where they have an open
presence and strong military bases in addition to a
civil administration for local affairs in these
districts. Rarely does the enemy travel on the road
stretching between Gardiz and Khost without suffering
losses in lives and equipment.
On top of the above-mentioned districts, the
directorates of Jani Kheil, Gamkani, Dandabatan, Jaji
Aryub, Sayyed Karam and Ahmad Kheil are also areas
with organized units of Mujahideen in which they
openly conduct their activities. In most of these
areas there is no enemy presence for the Mujahideen to
target. On the other hand, most of the areas of these
directorates are rugged and mountainous and it is
difficult to move from one place to another. This
causes a delay in the arrival of news and reports of
Mujahideen operations. Perhaps news of some operations
does not reach media agencies until after it has lost
its informative and media value.
Ahmad Aba and Laja are considered the sole provinces
under enemy control. However, even they are not
completely devoid of Mujahideen activities.
Meanwhile, Jihadist officials plan to escalate
Mujahideen activity in eastern Paktia province to the
level it is in the south and west of the province.
There are Mujahideen efforts to sever the supply road
for enemy bases located in the Chiminki and Jaji Aryub
directorates in order to occupy the enemy in more than
one place at once.
Weather conditions also impact Mujahideen activities.
With the coming of spring, we are seeing an increase
in Mujahideen operations to grant Paktia a place at
the top of the list of Mujahideen operations. It is
not far-fetched that soon we will see burning columns
of Crusader tanks and transports on the streets and in
the valleys of Paktia just as we saw Russian tanks in
the recent past. This is up to Allah.
This artcle by Qari Habib was translated from the
Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: Al-Somood Monthly
Magazine, Issue 47