In a major setback to US-led peace talks in Afghanistan, Taliban 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 Afghanistan 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".
No dates have been announced yet for the next round of talks, which is slated to take place later this month.
He also professed that the formation of a negotiation team can prevent the Taliban from making an "excuse" to avoid talks.
In February, Russia had hosted a meeting on Afghanistan's peace process in which various Taliban members were invited. However, Afghanistan was not invited to the meet.
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