The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Taliban to sustain heavy casualties if continue militancy

Clashes were reported in 13 provinces in the last 24 hours with security forces evacuating two districts in the north while retaking control of one district in the south on Thursday night. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed that 258 Taliban were killed in security forces operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Faryab, Balkh, Jawzjan, Helmand, Takhar and Baghlan provinces in the last 24 hours.
Defense Ministry officials said that operations have had progress in some of the areas that were evacuated by security forces. Violence has intensified following the start of the withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan. A parliamentary committee on Thursday reported fighting on 200 fronts across the country in just a day.
Indeed, the Taliban continue spilling the blood of Afghan combatants and non-combatants alike and have intensified their attacks as the US troops have started withdrawing from the country. Reeling from the heavy casualties of their fighters, the Taliban target civilians and carry out attacks on schools as well as target public infrastructures.
The Taliban seek to continue their acts of violence and destruction. They kill the people and destroy public infrastructures including roads, schools, hospitals, power plants, etc. They have never respected the international humanitarian laws as they targeted people as well as public properties indiscriminately. The Taliban’s acts of violence are contrary to Islamic tenets, moral values, national laws, and international norms. If they continue the tug-of-war, they will be the loser.
Meanwhile upon withdrawal of the foreign forces no justification left for Taliban to continue bloodshed in the country. Afghan ordinary people, civil society activists, Islamic clerics, political parties and the government all have called on the Taliban on multiple occasions to stop violence and bloodshed and declare ceasefire, however, the Taliban turned a deaf ear to the public demands and continued spilling their blood.
With the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban have resumed their spring offensive, tacitly though, and intensified their attacks. Their offensive attacks have been pushed back by Afghan soldiers and Special Forces, which inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban fighters. Sustaining heavy casualties, the Taliban may have understood that they will not win through military deal.
Meanwhile, if the Taliban do not reduce their violence, the world will support Afghanistan, which will undermine the Taliban both politically and militarily. US, NATO and the allies have recently reiterated their support for the Afghan forces and even recently an agreement reached with Kazakhstan on bilateral military and intelligence cooperation.
These all means that there is strong consensus within both the regional countries and international community against any effort by the Taliban to pursue a military takeover. Only a negotiated settlement can end over 40 years of war in Afghanistan.
The more the Taliban intensify their attacks, the more casualties they will sustain. They are never able to collapse a government which has been built through the support of the people as well as international community within the last couple of decades.
The current government is not comparable to that of three decades before. Afghanistan has strong military forces and equipment as well as there are millions of people in the country that unprecedently supporting their security forces.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.