US responds to Afghan Taliban new spring offensive plan
WASHINGTON: The State Department said Wednesday it stands with the people and security forces of Afghanistan after the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive against American and Afghan troops.
“We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year,” it said in a press release.
“The United States stands with the Afghan people in response to the Taliban’s announcement,” it said, adding the US supports the Afghan security forces who are standing against the Taliban and terrorist groups that seek to destroy Afghan society.
Urging the Taliban to end its armed attacks and work constructively for Afghanistan’s future, the statement emphasized that more violence will not bring peace and security to the country.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday called on the Taliban to take part in forthcoming district and parliamentary elections in the war-ravaged country.
In a blow to potential peace talks, the Taliban on Wednesday announced yet another annual spring offensive dubbed ‘’Al-Khandaq’’ (trench).