The acting minister of defense Asadullah Khalid has said the Taliban group is losing more fighters than the Afghan armed forces.

Speaking to CBS News, Khalid said for the first time the Taliban group is losing more fighters than the Afghan military.

Khalid further added that the Afghan forces are at the forefront of around 90% of the offensives and operations taking place around the country.

“In most of the operation now, Afghan force are doing this operation independently,” he said.

This comes as the Afghan and U.S. forces have stepped up ground operations and airstrikes against Taliban and other militants across the country after the U.S. President Donald Trump called off peace talks with Taliban more than a week ago.

Furthermore, President Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday “The Taliban has never been hit harder than it is being hit right now. Killing 12 people, including one great American soldier, was not a good idea.”

Furthermore, Trump said “There are much better ways to set up a negotiation. The Taliban knows they made a big mistake, and they have no idea how to recover!”

Meanwhile, the Taliban group are hopeful that peace negotiations between the group’s leaders and U.S. representatives will revive soon.

Taliban chief negotiator Sher Abbas Stanikzai recently told Russia’s RT in Moscow “Our stance is that there is no solution to the conflict except negotiations and except peace on the table.”

Stanikzai further added “We hope that Mr. Trump rethinks his announcement and comes back to where we were.”

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