General Scot Miller, US/NATO forces commander in Afghanistan stressed that violence may escalate after Eid’s ceasefire and that foreign troops will fully support the Afghan forces until the withdrawal.
In an interview miller said that “we’re watching closely what the Taliban will do post the Eid ceasefire” adding that “Ideally, they would continue with the reduced violence because it is something that the Afghan people want. But the expectation is that they will pick up violence in the nearer term”.
Miller expected US has recognized Taliban surging pressure on various parts of Afghanistan.
“Certainly, there were some victories along the way, but I think history will judge this and the future will tell the rest of the story”, Miller said in response to a question of whether the US was victorious in Afghanistan.
This comes as Police in Baghlan said Tuesday that Afghan National Defense and Security forces repulsed Taliban attacks on Baghlan Markazi with an intention to capture the district.
A spokesman for Baghlan Police HQ, Ahmad Javed Basharat told the media that the Taliban fighters launched their offensive at around 4:00 am local time from different positions.
According to Basharat, the Taliban attacks were rebuffed by the ANDSF, he said “Taliban militants also suffered heavy casualties during the battles”.
Basharat also denied rumors that Taliban militants entered Baghlan Markazi and that the district is on the brink of collapse.
He said sufficient number of government forces were stationed in the region.
Taliban has not yet commented over the incident and on their casualties.
But MoD’s deputy spokesman Fawad Aman tweeted, that 25 Taliban militants were killed during the clashes.
Moreover, two children were killed and three others injured when a mortar hit their house on Sunday night in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province.
In another incident Abdul Zahir, police chief of Laghman’s Dawlat Shad district was killed in a friendly fire on Sunday.
According to security sources, efforts are underway to retake fallen districts like Charkh district in Logar, Burka district in Baghlan, and Nerkh District of Maidan Wardak.