In Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani described the Taliban offensive as an "illegitimate war", reminding the insurgents that Muslim religious leaders across the world had "clearly said that the war in Afghanistan has no religious legitimacy and its continuance has no legitimate judgment".
Talks between the USA and Taliban have been making progress, and a deal is starting to come together, based around the United States withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Taliban promising to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of the country in the future.
Combat had already intensified across Afghanistan in recent weeks and hundreds of Afghan troops and civilians have been killed, making the launch of Al-Fath largely symbolic.
A spokesman of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Dave Butler, said the coalition forces will continue to support the Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban as the group has chosen violence despite an "amazing" opportunity forces.
The removal of Taliban's leaders name from UNSC black list happened when the second meeting of the Taliban and Afghan leaders is due to take place in Doha. The call for more fighting will not advance peace efforts. "If executed, it will only yield more suffering and thousands more causalities".
The statement clarifies that the Afghan government has not announced operations but it has removed all the barriers on the way of peace.Читайте также: Celebrities congratulate Tiger Woods on his Masters win
"The Taliban made an announcement this morning that they choose violence over peace".
Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, a day after the launch of their annual spring offensive, as fighting intensified across the country ahead of the next round of peace talks with USA representatives. "We have a tremendous opportunity for peace".
"Our jihadi obligation has not yet ended", the Taliban said.
"Both sides have sustained casualties", the Afghan defence ministry said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid responded a day later by condemning Khalilzad's remarks and saying insurgent "spring operations" sought to end US -led foreign "occupation, attain sovereignty and establish an Islamic system" in the country.
"Even as large parts of our homeland have been freed from the enemy", the Taliban said, "the foreign occupying forces continue exercising military and political influence in our Islamic country".
The National Security Council said in a statement that the plan, named Khalid Security Plan, is aimed at boosting security across the country particularly the security of urban areas and highways.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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