KABUL: Government forces plan to counterattack the Taliban’s northern offenses, stated Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan National Security Adviser during his visit to Moscow, reported by Russia’s RIA news agency on Monday.
Mohib, in an interview with RIA, said that the Afghan government had not expected the Taliban’s attacks to the northern provinces; however, there will “absolutely, definitely” be counterattacks.
This Monday, Russia’s foreign ministry said that the Russian consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif had suspended its work due to security issues in the city.
Last week, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey closed their consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif.
This is amid heavy fighting in northern Afghanistan, which led to many Afghan soldiers fleeing to Tajikistan through the shared border.
Violence has reached unprecedented heights in Afghanistan, with the foreign troops’ withdrawal deadline of September 11 closing in.