The Afghan Ministry of Defense on Saturday said that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces retook the control of Ali Abad district in Kunduz and Yaftal district in Badakhshan province from the Taliban.
Sources said that Sorkh Parsa and Sheikh Ali districts in Parwan, Shorabak district in Kandahar and Alishing district in Laghman have fallen to the Taliban in the past 24 hours.
“There were lots of pressure on them. They finally handed over the districts,” said Abdul Matin Qudosi, member of Parwan provincial council.
“We have a great morale and ready to retake other areas,” said Mohammad Haikal, Ali Abad district chief.
Meanwhile, some residents of Ghazni city said that the rise in Taliban attacks has worsened the security situation in the province.
“I hope that the central government focus on Ghazni and increase the number of troops,” said Ali, a resident of Ghazni.
Officials said that security forces will not allow the Taliban to pose threats to Ghanzi.
“We will fight against the enemy. We will not allow the enemy to impose oppression on the residents of Ghazni, and Afghanistan in general,” Ghazni police chief Fazel Ahmad Shirzad said.
This comes as President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said he sees the Taliban responsible for the ongoing violence in the country in which at least 200 to 600 people are killed every day.
Addressing a gathering in Khost province, Ghani asked the nation to stay united in support for independence, the republic and coexistence.
“The Taliban is responsible for the continuation of the war,” Ghani said. “Taliban should be asked whom they are fighting for? Who will benefit if Afghanistan is ruined and if Afghans are killed?”
Defense Ministry said that 191 Taliban fighters were killed in Afghan forces operations in different parts of the country in the last 24 hours. Taliban has rejected the figures.