With Taliban suffering heavy casualties on the battlefield against the Afghan forces, experts say that the militant group has changed its war tactics.
The officials even pointed out that at the beginning of their fighting season this summer, the Taliban launched widespread attacks in Helmand, Uruzgan, Kunduz, Faryab and number of other province, but following the death of their former leader Mullah Mansoor, they now conduct smaller, focused attacks against security checkpoints.
The experts believe the Taliban, with this new tactic, suffer fewer casualties but the casualties are higher among the government forces and the group is now conducting “guerilla” attacks – which also include mass kidnappings on highways.
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“Because the Taliban is being defeated, they turn to guerilla attacks. Afghan forces must stand seriously against the armed oppositions and terrorists and fight them,” Khaama Press quoted MP Syed Hussain Sharifi Balkhabi as saying.
However, the Parliament members believe that ignoring the Taliban’s new tactics will increase casualties among the security force members and also civilians and said the group will also use civilians as human shields.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the Afghan forces will respond to any terrorist activities.
“We are trying to respond to any terrorist activities. Our forces have a strong morale and people are with us,” Waziri said.
“Even if Taliban change their war tactics we are after them and no matter where, if they create problems for our people, will we respond to them with force,” said Interior Ministry’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
The security institutions said that in addition to providing security for the country’s highways and that of passengers, the security forces are currently conducting 22 pre-planned military operations in 17 provinces across the country.