Afghan DM: ‘Silent’ War Ongoing Against Taliban

Since peace deal, Taliban and Afghan forces have been fighting

New comments out of Afghanistan’s’ Defense Ministry claim that the nation is engaged in a “silent” and largely unreported war against the Taliban, which began just days after the US and Taliban signed a peace deal.

This largely was the result of the peace deal promising a large prisoner release for the Taliban, which the Afghan government didn’t follow through on. The Taliban subsequently attacked, and Afghan forces counter-attacked.

This has the two sides exchanging fire, the Afghan government trying to get US support, and the US increasingly disinterested in getting involved, with the prisoner releases remaining the real problem.

While there was some indication the two sides might make a deal on prisoner releases, that no longer seems to be the case, and the Taliban are calling such efforts a waste of time.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.