MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Khaama news agency, the campaign would allegedly have two phases: a civilian phase to provide support to the civilians in the Taliban-controlled areas, and a military phase to seize more territory.
The movement called on civilians to stay away from the military bases, government compounds, military gatherings, and other government institutions, so that they may remain unharmed and unaffected by the upcoming offensive.
Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency. The instability has persisted in the country since the 2001 US-led invasion to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The lack of control and instability turned the country into home to the largest opium poppy production and distribution network in the world.