Taliban’s spring offensive announcement has ‘propagandist aspect’: MoD

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan has said the announcement of spring offensive by Taliban group has ‘propagandist aspect’ emphasizing that the group is attempting to boost the morale of its fighters in a false way after suffering heavy losses and casualties during the recent clashes.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the Taliban group is relying on propagandas in a bid to boost the morale of its fighters after facing defeats in Arghanjkhwa of Badakhshan, Sancharak of Sar-e-Pul, Moqor of Ghazni, Aab Kamari and Bala Murghab districts of Badghis.

The statement further added that the Afghan armed forces have better fighting capabilities, the Afghan Air Force has been equipped and strengthened in an unprecedented way and have capabilities to execute targeted operations, the size of Afghan police special forces, Afghan intelligence, and Afghan commandos have been doubled and are equipped with developed and sophisticated technologies, and coordination among armed forces has increased in unprecedented way which have resulted into superiority of the Afghan armed forces against the enemies in the battlefield.

This comes as the Taliban militants group announced the launch of Al-Fath spring offensive earlier today.

The group issued a statement claiming that the new spring offensive has been launched considering the political and military presence of foreigners in Afghanistan.

The statement further added that the offensive has been launched in response to Khalid spring offensive which was announced by Taliban at the start of the new Afghan year.

The announcement by Taliban was made amid ongoing efforts to find a political settlement to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had earlier said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and “every” must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire.

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