Taliban in Afghanistan announces spring offensive
The Taliban have announced their annual spring offensive in Afghanistan with a special focus on capturing urban areas. It is already in control of over half the country.
Apr 13, 2019
KABUL: The Taliban have announced their annual spring offensive in Afghanistan with a special focus on capturing urban areas. It is already in control of over half the country.
The statement on Friday came amid peace talks with the US and just few days ahead of a scheduled intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha, Qatar, in which representatives of the government are expected to take part.
"As defending one's religion, homeland, life, property and honour is compulsory and complete independence of an Islamic country from the clutches of foreign occupation a jihadi obligation, hence for the fulfilment of this responsibility, the Islamic Emirate declares Al-Fath Jihadi Operations," the Taliban said in a statement.
In the spring, the improving weather allows Taliban fighters to resume operations after three months of cold.
"They (the US) not only maintain political control of our homeland but daily bomb our fellow countrymen. They used the Kabul administration to continue killing Afghans, extending occupation and preventing an Islamic system by announcing Khalid military operations," the Taliban said referring to an annual military operation announced by the Afghan Defence Ministry on March 21.