Defence Ministry dismisses Taliban's spring offensive claim as 'mere propaganda'


KABUL -- The Taliban Friday (April 12) announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the United States and Afghan politicians try to negotiate a peace settlement with the group.

Qais Mangal, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, dismissed the Taliban's claimed offensive as "mere propaganda."

"The Taliban will not reach their vicious goals, and their operations will be defeated like previous years," Mangal said.

The Taliban announcement came as a fresh round of talks is expected to take place later this month between Afghan political leaders, including some officials from the Kabul government, and the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha.

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