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Taliban seeking psychological warfare by increasing attacks, experts

By: Suraya Raiszada

KABUL: The Taliban group has increased their attacks on the country’s major cities and local suburban districts, after the foreign forces announcement of complete withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The militants are now in conflict with the security forces in up to 15 provinces of the country.
Military experts believe that the Taliban group has changed their war tactic and has now overrun most vulnerable and easy to capture districts.
According to the security reports, the outfit has suffered heavy casualties in some restive provinces such as Herat, Kandahar, Logar, Sar-e-Pul, Balkh, Helmand, Baghlan, Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Badghis and Uruzgan provinces, where they have launched grouping attacks.
The experts ask the government to withdraw security forces from the vulnerable areas and shift the war tactic from defensive toward the offensive.
In the meantime, the security forces said in order to scrutinize in the anti-militants operation and reduce casualties of civilians and militaries, they have pulled out forces from some areas and that they are planning to regain control of the lost areas.
This while, the Taliban militants have taken control of some districts.
“Occupying major and most crowd cities has become problematic for the Taliban, so they are now planning to take control of suburban district the falling of which were not difficult,” said Amir Mohammad a military expert.
He said the Taliban want to have achievements as peace negotiations are continuing in Doha of Qatar, so they are attacking districts.
“The militants have no capability to overrun major cities so they are increasing their attacks on the suburban districts to may have achievements,” Mohammad said urging the security forces to increase air-force on the insurgents to prevent their onslaughts.
Mirza Mohammad Yarmand another military expert said that the security forces should withdraw troops from the vulnerable areas as the plan can help strengthen the defense line against the Taliban offensive attacks.
Calling advance and retreat a natural state of war, the expert asked for holding a well and effective strategy to shift the war state from defensive towards offensive and that whenever a district is attacked by the Taliban, the forces should have a quick reaction in order to change the situation.
He said defensive lines should be strengthened enough so that districts do not fall to the Taliban and the ground was not paved for the armed oppositions to propagate.
Yarmand suggested that the local uprising should create a national besiege against the Taliban fighters and be trained guerilla warfare to fight the outfit.
According to him, a close coordination should be brought between the districts and the neighboring provinces and whenever the militants planned attack, the security forces should also be ready for attack and launch counterattack.
Meanwhile, the security forces said unprecedented and close coordination existed among the security organs and that security and defense forces launch joint and fully coordinated anti-militants operations that caused eye-catching reduction in civilian casualties.

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