The Taliban group strongly reacted to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s order to Afghan forces to revive offensive operations agains the group.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesperson of the group, in a statement said the declaration of war by Ghani demonstrates that he (Ghani) is looking to preserve his authority under the shadow of war.

Mujahid further added that the group is fully prepared to respond to any kind of movement or attack.

He went on to claim that the group only carried out attacks in the areas where the Afghan forces carried out offensives and established security posts and bases.

Furthermore, Mujahid warned that the Kabul administration would be responsible for all the consequences and intensity of war.

President Ghani on Tuesday ordered the Afghan forces to go offensive against the Taliban militants while reacting to the recent deadly attacks which killed dozens of people.

In a televised speech, Ghani said the Taliban militants have increased their attacks despite the repeated calls by the Afghan people, the Afghan governemnt and international community to reduce violence and declare a ceasefire.

Ghani further added that Kabul and Nangarhar once again witnessed attacks by Taliban and ISIS, which killed or wounded many civilians, children and security personnel.

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