(From The Washington Examiner)
Taliban insurgents announced a plan to launch a spring offensive “mainly focusing on crushing, killing and capturing American invaders,” in a repudiation of the Afghan government’s offer to start peace talks.
“Our primary target will be the American invaders and their intelligence agents,” the Afghan Taliban said in a statement, per Pakistan’s Daily Times. “The planning and strategy … is based on guerilla, offensive, infiltrated and various other new and intricate tactics against the new war strategy of the enemy, mainly focusing on crushing, killing and capturing American invaders and their supporters.”
That’s an official repudiation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent call for peace talks with the Taliban. It comes just a few days after a suicide bombing that targeted a voter registration center in the capital city of Kabul; that attack, however, was claimed by the Islamic State, which is seeking to establish itself in Afghanistan following the loss of most Islamic State holdings in Iraq and Syria.