In Afghanistan, fighting is raging between Government forces and Taliban around three major cities, Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar. General Ajmal Omar Shinwari, spokesman for the Afghan army, yesterday said the situation is serious in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, where the army launched an offensive. Provincial authorities in Helmand said the Taliban had increased its forces.
Meanwhile, both the Houses of Afghan Parliament expressed full support for the Security Plan of President Ashraf Ghani. In a joint Statement the lawmakers declared firm support to the republic, human rights, women’s rights and the freedom of speech. The lawmakers also said they stand with the Afghan National Security Forces, who sacrifice their lives for the nation. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has presented his security plan to the country’s parliament, saying the situation will be under control within six months. He also said that US has pledged its full support to the Plan and the current situation is the result of the sudden decision of international troops to withdraw from the country.
Fighting in the war-torn South Asian country has escalated as the United States and NATO troops plan to complete their pullout by August 31 after 20 years of war.