Taliban warn of summer offensive

The Taliban is gearing up for a massive summer offensive, with more than 2,000 suicide bombers ready for action and even more preparing, a senior commander said on Saturday.

The warning comes a day after a top U.S. diplomat warned Afghanistan was in for a bloody and dangerous spring after the bloodiest year since the hardline Islamist Taliban was ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001.

“The Taliban will intensify their guerrilla and suicide strikes this summer,” Mulla Hayat Khan told Reuters from a secret location. “This will be a bloodiest year for foreign troops.”

Taliban warn of summer offensive | Top News | Reuters.co.uk


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