US secretary of Defense Llyod Austin has said on Saturday that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces should slow down the current momentum of the Taliban before recapturing the lost territories.

The Afghan government is consolidating its forces for securing the most critical areas like the Afghan capital and other provincial capitals and protecting key infrastructures and crossing borders, Reuters reported.

Although the Afghan government has not yet disclosed its new strategy of consolidating its forces in specific areas, US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley had also disclosed the new Afghan strategy.

The Afghan ministry of interior affairs said on Saturday that the plan for retaking the lost districts will soon be implemented and territories will be recaptures from the Taliban.

Afghan government forces are now fighting the Taliban in over ten provinces.

The Taliban are now controlling over 200 districts that have been fallen to the group in the past eight months.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has lately announced its new six-month security plan which will apparently be focused on recapturing the districts. The Taliban has reacted to the plan and said president Ghani to be responsible for whatever happens in the coming six months.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.