The Taliban militants group announced the launch of Al-Fath spring offensive amid ongoing efforts to find a negotiated political settlement to end the ongoing violence in the country.

The group issued a statement earlier today 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 group has also claimed that Taliban fighters “possess unbreakable Jihadi determination and benefit from armed experience, new tactics, public support, influence inside enemy ranks and advanced weapons therefore we are hopeful that with Help from Allah (SwT), large areas including townships and other centers shall be cleansed from enemy presence.”

“Mujahideen brothers must protect themselves from treachery, theft, treason and other prohibited actions in Jihadi affairs. Protecting lives and property of fellow countrymen and guarding public reserves and welfare projects are also part of your responsibilities,” the statement added.

This comes as Afghan government announced the launch of Khalid spring offensive at the start of new Afghan year on 21st March.

The Afghan security officials had earlier said that the national defense and security forces will increase offensive operations against the militant groups with the start of the new year.