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MoD warns of intense Taliban spring offensive

(Last Updated On: April 6, 2016)


Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has warned that the armed Taliban group will intense their attacks in the current year.

MoD spokesman emphasized that the Afghan security forces will thwart Taliban’s efforts to collapse key parts of the country in this year’s fighting season.

NATO’s findings indicate that nearly 5500 Afghan troops killed and more than 14,000 other troops wounded in the last year’s fighting season.

The troops are said to believe that Taliban is real threat for Afghanistan and their main aim is to destroy the Afghan government.

But, MoD rejected NATO’s statements regarding the issue; saying the armed Taliban group would not be a great threat to Afghanistan without foreign supports.

“The opposition groups are trying to collapse key districts of the country this year, but it is just a dream. without foreign supports, they are not an important threat for Afghanistan,” Dawlat Waziri, MoD spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) has also announced of serious plans for suppressing Taliban group in the current year.

“Our main focus is the east and northern parts of the country and we are ready to launch the “Shafaq” operation,” Najibullah Danish, deputy spokesman of MoI said.

However, military analysts consider the current year, one of the bloodiest years for Afghanistan.

They believe that the Taliban group will use any option to take the control of key parts of the country.

The Taliban’s fierce assault underscored official concerns that the country’s more stable north had become a magnet for militant fighters. In years past, the insurgents have focused most of their efforts in their traditional strongholds of southern and eastern Afghanistan.

Afghan forces are now shouldering the burden of fighting a still-resilient Taliban since the U.S.-led coalition largely ended its combat role in Afghanistan. Though a small number of foreign troops remain, their military presence in northern Afghanistan is small: Coalition forces are mostly concentrated in the country’s south and east.

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