The Taliban continue their attacks on Afghan security forces across the country, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.
Sometimes, the Afghan security forces counter-attack, said the MoD.
“Within the parameters of the active defense mode, these Taliban attacks were repelled and massive casualties were inflicted on the Taliban. The group suffered massive casualties in Arghandab district of Zabul province,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
The Taliban in recent days has not said anything officially about their attacks on the Afghan forces, and Afghan security officials have said that the government forces are still in "active defense position."
But, the security experts say that the two sides are engaging in a ‘silent war’ against each other.
“This situation has caused the Taliban to be more greedy for power, so they have expanded the war, nothing can deter the Taliban from war unless there is a change in the political situation in Kabul,” said Assadullah Nadiom, a military expert in Kabul.
The Taliban resumed their attacks on the Afghan forces only a few days after the group signed a peace deal with the US in Doha on February 29.
But the Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who recently tweeted about the Taliban’s military activities, now tweets about other issues, including the delayed peace process, and about allegations that government forces are causing civilian casualties.
“We lost a number of our soldiers in Zabul and Takhar provinces, including the fall of a district to the Taliban in Badakhshan which was retaken by the security forces later,” said Nazifa Zaki, a member of parliament.
This comes after eighteen months of negotiations in Doha, after which the United States and the Taliban officially signed a peace deal on February 29 intended to pave the way for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in exchange for a number of solid assurances by the Taliban to the US and its allies.
The US-Taliban deal initially caused hope among Afghans that this time there would be peace, but on the ground, the Taliban and the Afghan government forces are still fighting.