President Ashraf Ghani, in light of recent attacks in different parts of the country that killed dozens of civilians and security force members, orders the Afghan forces to switch from “active defensive” mode to “offensive” mode, and to resume attacks on the Taliban, in a public address on Tuesday night.
In a televised message, Ghani said the Taliban have ignored repeated calls for reduced violence and ceasefire.
He added that a call for a ceasefire does not mean weakness--it shows a commitment to peace. He once again called on the Taliban to embrace peace.
The Afghan forces were in "active defensive" mode since late February when the Taliban agreed to reduce violence in exchange for signing a peace deal with the United States. But their attacks surged dramatically after they signed the deal in late February.
Ghani’s message comes after four deadly attacks happening in different parts of the country, including one in Kabul that targeted a maternity hospital, killing women and children, and an attack on a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar, that killed dozens.