NATO: Taliban is not a threat to U.S National Security

  • Date of Publication : 24/10/2016 at 07:48 GMT
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Fighting the Taliban insurgent group is no longer a priority for the United States mission in Afghanistan and the group is considered to posing no threat to U.S National Security, General Charles Cleveland, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said.

“Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) made a significant progress in the fight against the Taliban this year, but there are still security challenges threatening the country,” Cleveland said.

Gen. Charles Clevland, NATO’s spokesperson, who in answering questions posed by reporters’ through a video conference in U.S Department of Defense said, “There is only 10 percent of Afghanistan’s territory under the control of the Taliban and that clashes are still ongoing between the Afghan Security Forces and the Taliban insurgents in some parts of the country.”

Clevland added that the Taliban before winter this year made their best efforts to seize the center of one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, but they failed as the Security forces strongly resisted and fought against them.

The RSM spokesperson in Afghanistan said that the country has witnessed tough clashes in recent weeks, and that the Taliban have carried out numerous attempts to put the center of the province under its control.

He further added that the Taliban will likely try for the second time to seize control of Helmand’s capital, Lashkar Gah and Uruzgan’s capital, Trinkot.

Gen. Cleveland noted that offensive attacks are expected to be carried out by the Taliban at the end of this year in different parts of Afghanistan, marking it as the main objective of the group.

He said the Taliban are not capable of fully governing a province, adding that they are just trying to attract media’s attention so they can bring and put more pressure on the Afghan government.

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