Taliban demonstrate new weapons at parade in Kabul

A Taliban contingent of around 200 fighters paraded an array of sophisticated weapons including Russian-made BM-21 rockets and rockets from China and Uzbekistan in the Afghan capital, in a show of strength at the…

Taliban demonstrate new weapons at parade in Kabul

A Taliban contingent of around 200 fighters paraded an array of sophisticated weapons including Russian-made BM-21 rockets and rockets from China and Uzbekistan in the Afghan capital, in a show of strength at the start of the third week of winter.

“We have been receiving weapons and explosives from our countries, so we were a little overstretched from the beginning but after the withdrawal of foreign forces we are more focused,” the Taliban’s senior commander Yousuf Shah Erian told the Guardian in a telephone interview after a meeting at the deputy foreign minister’s residence.

Taliban forces are making steady gains after routing Afghan forces last December in the northern province of Kunduz, and Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said attacks had continued to occur nationwide despite a pause in Taliban attacks as the spring fighting season begins.

The government has praised the aid given by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan during the past year. US officials believe a ceasefire will not prevent a continuation of the insurgency, arguing that there is little they can do if the Taliban refuse to formally engage in dialogue with the government.

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Mujahid said that, contrary to some media reports, the Taliban were not ordering an end to ceasefire-breaking attacks after Afghanistan announced a second one on 6 February.

“We will cease operations if the government declares a ceasefire but will not stop our attacks if the Taliban peace office is attacked,” he said.

“If we win a decisive battle against the Afghan army and coalition forces, we will declare a peace with the Afghan government.”

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