While Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are on the defensive position based on instruction of the country’s President, Taliban have increased their attacks on the Afghan forces in recent days.
The Taliban said that the US airstrikes in Helmand on March 4th was a violation of the US-Taliban agreement, signed in Qatar, and would be investigated by the monitoring team. Suhail Shaheen said that in the agreement, there is no part saying that the U.S. can’t attack the Taliban.
Isolated attacks take place, reports say, on first day of "violence reduction period" which if observed successfully will lead to US-Taliban deal and a subsequent pullout of US troops after nearly two decades in country.
Afghan acting defense minister confirmed Saturday that Taliban attacks dropped significantly during the early 12 hours of a seven-day reduction in violence negotiated between the militant group and the United States.
The Defense Department plans to provide 20 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Afghanistan’s security forces in a bid to save on support costs and air crew requirements, Pentagon officials said in a briefing that provides new details on the program.
Afghan forces have used ground attacks and air strikes in multiple operations against the Taliban over a 24-hour period, killing 51 fighters in an escalation that signals renewed deadlock in peace talks.
The security forces have stormed a Taliban militants' hideout in Shahidi Hasas district of Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province and rescued 12 detainees, all civilians, said an army statement released here Monday.