Afghan President Slams Taliban’s Announcement of Spring Offensive

  • Afghan President Slams Taliban’s Announcement of Spring Offensive

Afghan President Slams Taliban’s Announcement of Spring Offensive

Khalilzad said that all Afghans should condemn this announcement.

"We are committed to the ongoing negotiations process and a peaceful resolution but can not remain indifferent to the military operations and ongoing crimes of the invaders [U.S. -led alliance] and their internal supporters", Mujahid said in a statement sent to media.

"Our jihadi obligation has not yet ended", the Taliban said.

The Taliban effectively controls almost half of Afghanistan and has continued to launch frequent attacks on security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months after almost 18 years of war.

The Taliban on Friday announced a new spring offensive, alarming the U.S. negotiator who has been sitting with the militants to seek an end to more than 17 years of war.

"The US and our worldwide partners will stand with Afghan security forces to continue our effort to end the war in Afghanistan, at the same time as we seek to bring parties to the table to negotiate peace", Khalilzad reiterated.

"The killing of Afghans must stop".

After suffering horrific bloodshed in 2018, Kabul has in recent weeks enjoyed something of a lull in violence. A separate roadside bombing near Bagram killed three American soldiers this week.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office on Saturday condemned "in the strongest words" the announcement of Operation Fath.

The ministry said the Afghan Defense and Security Forces will fight the Taliban and that the offensive announcement is "propaganda".

"We are committed to the ongoing process of negotiation and peaceful resolution, but we can not be unmoved in the face of military operations and the terrorist wave of occupiers and mercenaries", Khalilzad said.

"The Taliban will not reach their vicious goals and their operations will be defeated like previous years", Mangal said.

While much of the fighting consisted of small-scale engagements, the spread of operations across most parts of the country underlined the struggle facing the Afghan government, still shut out of the peace process by the Taliban's refusal to talk to what they consider a puppet regime.

A fresh round of talks is expected to take place later this month between Afghan political leaders, including some officials from the Kabul government, and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha.

There has been an increase in Taliban activity since weather has improved which has meant an increase in violence and risk of harm to both ANDSF and Taliban.

The Taliban "want to enter the talks from the position of strength".

"Last night a checkpoint in Takhtapul Kandahar was attacked by the Taliban who made false claims on they had overrun the checkpoint", the provincial police commandment said Saturday.

"We are closer to peace than we ever have been in the past 40 years". The group held power in most of the country between 1996 and 2001; during this period, it introduced Islamic Sharia law.