Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum on Wednesday assured the Afghan people that he will clear the northern provinces of the Taliban.
He said that the Taliban will face the same fate as their commander Mawlavi Fazel did in 2001.
The warning comes as several provincial capitals have fallen to the Taliban in the past week.
“The Taliban came to the north, but they were trapped. But this time, with the support of the God, it will be difficult for them to get out of the north—for instance, what Mullah Fazel faced here, they will face the same fate,” said Dostum in Mazar-e-Sharif.
Meanwhile, President Ghani arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif city in Balkh province on Wednesday morning amid a challenging security situation in the northern provinces.
Ghani's adviser on security and political affairs Mohammad Mohaqiq and former mujahideen commander Juma Khan Hamdard are accompanying the President on the trip.
Sources said that the Ghani in meetings with political leaders in Balkh has agreed to start operations against the Taliban in the north.
“The president led the security meeting in the north and ordered the necessary directives to the appropriate officials,” said Latif Mahmoud, Ghani’s spokesman.
The Taliban has captured the centers of Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul and Samangan provinces in the north. The group has also increased attacks on Mazar-e-Sharif city.
“Regarding the war, he (the President) said that the war will be of two types: the guerrilla war and the war to recapture the territory,” said Mohammad Afzal Hadid, head of the Balkh provincial council.
Balkh and Faryab provinces in the north are currently under government control.
“Mazar-e-Sharif city is a strategic and important city, therefore it should be defended at any cost,” said Ata Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh.
Sources have said that Ghani has assigned Marshal Dostum to lead the war and all military affairs in north.