The remembrance of the 24th death anniversary of Shiite Hazara Leader Abdul Ali Mazari in Kabul Afghanistan was interrupted with mortars which caused death of more than 3 persons and injuring multiple folds. Right, when the former lower house speaker Mohammad Younus Qanooni was assuring that the attack was happening at a distant location, urging them to maintain calm a second mortar fell nearby which caused panic and people gushed toward the exit.
As it generally happens after such attacks in Afghanistan, multiple sources are reporting different death and injury tolls in recent attack. Chief Executive of Afghan government Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and ex President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai was also present in the meeting at the time of the attack.
It was the second attack, in the first attack that targeted a construction company site 2 suicide bombers exploded themselves and the rest of the attackers went all ablaze with their guns. It ultimately resulted in the death of 16 people in the Nangarhar which has a heavy militant footprint. So far neither the Taliban nor the notorious Islamic state, a group despised and contested according to the media report both Taliban and the government forces the responsibility of the attack.
Ever since the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, especially when Taliban returned, debunking the general perception that they have been defeated once and for all, with all their might and took the fight back to the U.S and NATO forces the term helix offensive has become a textbook nuance of the fresh offensive which the group launches every year after the winter is over.
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The observable fact is not particularly prevalent in southern Afghanistan, a part which is less at risk to heavy snow and trademark cold of Hindukush, but mostly in the Northern part of Afghanistan. Heavy snow renders both sides to stay within the barracks or compounds as the fighting becomes impossible.
But as soon as the weather allows maneuverability, Taliban have been known to strike the opposition forces with all the strength which they had hoarded over the months of relative peace. For the U.S and Afghan forces, a mere calm in the fighting pattern is worth more than taking the fight to the enemy when they are bare in the mountains due to extreme weather.
Taliban take the opportunity for enlist more foot soldiers during this time, organize together and discussing the war stratagem. Over the past many years, particularly those which saw heavy snow, the spring belligerence has been bloody causing the economic and loss of lives for the opposing forces to the Taliban.
Despite the entire step forward which U.S special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad claims, the insurgents have kept the fight alive at the front which gave them a strong ground in the dialogues with the United States in Doha. There have been developments which were acknowledged by both sides toward the endgame to the ongoing clash but there has been no halt in the fight so far.
As a result of ongoing dialogue, it was expected that the group might slow down its activities against the government forces if not putting a stop to it completely. In the last two cases, though the Taliban have not claimed the responsibility of attacks they have been known to distance themselves immediately from acts of terror carried out by the Islamic state. It underscores the notion that this year too, the spring offensive would inflict loss against the government forces in Afghanistan.