The Taliban has seized a district from the Afghan government forces on the outskirts of Kabul, ahead of a three-day ceasefire agreed between the warring sides.
Nerkh district is around 40 kilometres from the Afghan capital in the neighbouring Wardak province, which has long been used by militants as a gateway to reach Kabul and launch deadly attacks.
Violence has soared since 1st May when the U.S. military began formally withdrawing its last remaining troops, as peace efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government have stalled.
The Defence Ministry yesterday said, it would launch an offensive to win back the district, home to more than 60,000 people. Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said that the Commando reinforcements are on their way.
The main highway that connects Kabul to southern Kandahar province goes through the district.