Armed enemies embarked on a new offensive: Tanin
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Armed enemies have embarked upon a new offensive against democratically elected government, a top Afghan diplomat to the United Nations said, adding that this new wave of fighting is compounded by an unprecedented convergence of extremist and international terrorist networks.
“The armed enemies of the country have embarked on a new offensive against the Afghan government and its people following the end of the International Security Assistance Force (1SAF)'s combat mission and the transfer of full security responsibility to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF),” the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, told members of the powerful UN Security Council.
Appearing before the 15-membered body for a special discussion on Afghanistan, Tanin said today, the enemies of Afghanistan conducted a heinous attack against the Afghan Parliament in Kabul, wounding dozens of civilians, including children.
“We strongly condemn this deliberate attack against democracy and the representatives of the people. This new wave of fighting is compounded by an unprecedented convergence of extremist and international terrorist networks on our soil, comprised of Taliban, thousands of foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremist groups like ISIS,” Tanin said.
These groups not only target Afghan forces and civilians with suicide bombings, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), hostage takings and assassinations, he said, adding they also seek to take control of districts and even provinces to use as bases for their agendas in Afghanistan and the wider region in South and Central Asia.
The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Tadamichi Yamamoto, strongly condemned the attack, calling it "a clear and deliberate affront to democracy" in the country.
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