Bagram Air Field (Afghanistan): The Taliban
threatened on Saturday to launch a fresh offensive across
Afghanistan this coming week, as President Hamid Karzai said
international forces have yet to secure large parts of the
The Taliban said the offensive starting Monday will
include assassinations of government officials, roadside bombs
and suicide attacks against foreigners and those who support
"All foreign invading forces will ultimately face
defeat," the Taliban said in a statement sent to reporters
from an e-mail address used by the militants.
An increase in violence is typical in spring as
mountainous Afghanistan has particularly harsh winters that
limit travel and other activity.
A crucial test of the nine-year war is coming this
summer, when a US-led military operation tries to clear the
Taliban from the key southern city of Kandahar, the group`s
Insurgents have ramped up attacks there recently. Today,
the Taliban claimed responsibility for the death of a
government official in Arghandab in Kandahar province.
Manan Khan, vice president of the Arghandab district
shura and former police chief in the district, was killed
yesterday night along with two of his bodyguards, according to
district chief Syed Ali said.
In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Karzai said
today that the US and its allies still have "miles to go" in
Afghanistan and international forces have yet to secure large
parts of the country.