American B-52 Stratofortress bombers launched airstrikes on the forces of the radical Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) in the provincial capital of Jowzjan Shibergan, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said on Saturday, August 7 Twitter…
According to the spokesman, the strikes were carried out in the city of Shibergan, Jowzjan province, and the militants suffered heavy casualties. According to preliminary data, about 200 terrorists were killed, more than a hundred vehicles were destroyed, as well as a large number of weapons and ammunition belonging to the Taliban.
Earlier that day, the Taliban took complete control of Jowzjan province. Also, several American B-52s were deployed, which, according to sources, should strike at militant targets in the provinces of Kandahar, Herat, Lashkar Gakh and Helmand.
Recently, against the background of the withdrawal of US troops and allies from Afghanistan, the confrontation between the government forces and the Taliban has escalated. The militants took control of significant areas of the country, despite the peace agreement signed in Doha with the participation of the United States.
On August 3, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that the Afghan government is ready to work together with Taliban representatives and make the movement an integral part of power only if the movement is abandoned from terrorism. He also added that the Afghan government welcomes the work of other countries with representatives of the movement, if these efforts are made in an attempt to convince militants of the need for peace and a political settlement.
In Moscow, the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan was considered a failure of the American mission in the country. As the head of the Russian Defense Ministry noted, there is a danger of strengthening terrorist organizations in Afghanistan.
The US began withdrawing troops in early May and plans to complete it by the end of August. Washington will leave about 1,000 troops in Kabul to guard diplomats and the airport.