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Setback to peace talks in Afghanistan, Taliban launches annual spring offensive

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In a major setback to US-led peace talks in Afghanistan, on Friday announced its annual spring offensive, with an aim of "eradicating occupation" and "cleansing Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption".

According to Al Jazeera, the annual spring offensive marks the beginning of the so-called fighting season.

Taliban, in a statement, said: "Operation Fath, which means victory in Arabic, will be conducted across with the aim of eradicating occupation and cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption."

However, the government has called the Taliban's spring offensive as "mere propaganda".

"The will not reach their vicious goals and their operations will be defeated like previous years," Qais Mangal, a for the

The announcement comes despite the US efforts to end two decades of Several rounds of negotiations were conducted by the US in Doha, Qatar's capital city.

In December last year, US had also announced the complete withdrawal of US troops from

No dates have been announced yet for the next round of talks, which is slated to take place later this month.

Last month, Afghan had said that the is an "obstacle" in the way of reaching peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

He also professed that the formation of a negotiation team can prevent the Taliban from making an "excuse" to avoid talks.

In February, had hosted a meeting on Afghanistan's peace process in which various Taliban members were invited. However, Afghanistan was not invited to the meet.

On being snubbed for the summit, had expressed reservations and said that the talks in were held against the spirit of Afghan-led and owned peace process.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 14:53 IST