Taliban announces spring offensive amid Afghan peace talks.

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In Afghanistan, Taliban has announced its annual spring offensive, which comes as the United States and Afghan leaders try to negotiate for a peace settlement with the militant group.

In a statement, Taliban said that Operation Fath, which means ‘victory’ in Arabic, will be conducted across Afghanistan with the aim of eradicating foreign occupation and ‘cleansing’ the country of invasion and corruption.The annual spring offensive traditionally marks the beginning of the so-called fighting season.

However, the announcement is largely symbolic as in recent winters the Taliban have continued fighting Afghan and US forces. Qais Mangal, a spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Defence, said the Taliban’s spring offensive is a mere propaganda.

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