The NATO-led Resolute Support reaffirmed full support to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces hours after Taliban announced the launch of its spring offensive.

“The Taliban made an announcement this morning that they choose violence over peace. We assembled the Resolute Support leadership together and Gen. Miller said the Taliban have made it clear that they have ignored the will of the people and have guaranteed more violence,” Gen. Dave Butler, U.S. forces spokesman said.

Gen. Butler further added “We have a tremendous opportunity for peace, we are closer to peace than we have ever been for 40 years.”

“We will support the Afghan security forces as they fight to protect the people, we will support the Afghan security forces as they fight the Taliban,” he added.

The Taliban militants group announced the launch of Al-Fath spring offensive earlier today.

The group issued a statement claiming that the new spring offensive has been launched considering the political and military presence of foreigners in Afghanistan.

The statement further added that the offensive has been launched in response to Khalid spring offensive which was announced by Taliban at the start of the new Afghan year.

The announcement by Taliban was made amid ongoing efforts to find a political settlement to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had earlier said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and “every” must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire.

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