Afghan Taliban Declare Spring Offensive04/25 06:39
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban announced their annual spring
offensive in Afghanistan on Wednesday, at a time when insurgents are already
regularly launching attacks and battling security forces.
The group issued a statement Wednesday saying that the "Al-Khandaq"
offensive would make use of "new and intricate tactics" aimed at "crushing,
killing and capturing American invaders and their supporters."
The onset of spring has traditionally brought an uptick in violence in
Afghanistan, as melting snows allow fighters to more easily traverse the
But in recent years the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate have carried
out near-daily attacks in all seasons. The Taliban have seized control of
districts across the country and regularly target Kabul, the capital.
The U.S. formally ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but
thousands of American troops remain in the country in a counterterrorism and
supporting role. The Trump administration has sent thousands of additional
troops to try to change the course of America's longest war.
Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Kabul late Tuesday, killing three Afghan
police, said district commander Ghulam Sarwar. No one has claimed the attack,
in which the assailants escaped.
Another three police were killed in a similar attack in the western Baghdis
province early Wednesday, according to Mohammad Naser Nazari, a provincial
In the southern Kandahar province, a local journalist was shot and killed,
said Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief.
He said Abdul Manan Arghand, a local TV journalist, was shot dead by two
gunmen on a motorcycle as he drove to work.