Reports indicate that militants attacks have dramatically increased in different parts of the country as the new fighting season arrives. However, the Afghan security agencies said the offensive operations by security forces have also increased against militants.
Recently, Taliban attacked an Afghan military base in Helmand which left almost 25 Afghan forces dead. The incident was followed by other deadly attacks in Samangan and Badghis provinces during the last two weeks.
On Monday, at least 20 Afghan security force members were killed in a Taliban attack in Badghis, in the west of Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, meanwhile, said dozens of militants have been killed in the past 72 hours as the Afghan forces have doubled the number of their offensive operations.
“Afghan forces have recently increased their offensive operations (against militants) in joint cooperation with the Afghan Army and the Air Force,” Nustrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Ministry of Interior.
This comes just days after the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrapped up his 16-day talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday.
“If Qatar talks don’t reach to a conclusion, war is a must but in different tactics. It is possible that the Afghan government loses the ability to directly defend its trenches or provinces of Afghanistan,” said Muqaddam Amin, a military expert.
Reports indicate that dozens of Afghan security force members were taken hostage by the Taliban in Badghis and Samangan provinces.
“Bala Murghab district was on the verge of collapse and still it remains in the same position. Government has control only over the district headquarters,” said Safia Aimaq, an MP from Badghis.
“Taliban threats are still high on Kunduz-Sher Khan Bandar highway and also towards Charkha Ab and city suburbs,” said Safiullah Amiri, Deputy Head of Kunduz Provincial Council.
Sources meanwhile claimed the scale of Taliban’s attacks have increased several times higher than the Afghan security forces.
“We still have not taken the stage from the enemy. The enemy is controlling the war and the war is a guerilla war. The enemy can pose harms wherever it wants,” said Attiqullah Amarkhel, a military expert in Kabul.
After assuming office in January, Acting Minister of Defense Assadullah Khalid pledged to hit the enemies in their trenches. He also said that Afghan forces will be on the offensive afterwards.