Military pressure on Taliban necessary for peace: RS official

KABUL (TOLO News): A senior official from NATO’s Resolute Support, or the RS, mission in Afghanistan has said that increasing military and political pressure on the Taliban will help in creating conditions for peace in the country.

Addressing a ceremony in Herat on Monday, the Resolute Support Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Salvatore Camporeale said that a political settlement is the only possible way to bring peace in Afghanistan.

“I am confident that the continuous combined military, diplomatic and social pressure on the Taliban is necessary for peace and reconciliation to become a reality in Afghanistan. There is no military solution and the only possible way is a political settlement,” he said.

Camporeale is the new Deputy Commander of the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan who has succeeded Gen Richard John Cripwell, of the British army.

Italian Ambassador to Afghanistan Roberto Cantone, meanwhile, reaffirmed Rome’s longstanding cooperation with the Afghan security and Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development.

“Afghanistan stands today at the crucial hours with its history when peace has become a concrete possibility. We will not spare any effort when it comes to ensuring that this chance is seized,” he said.

An Afghan military official said the Resolute Support mission’s cooperation with Afghan forces is critical in the fight against militants.

“The Resolute Support is cooperating with us and this will have positive implications on the morale of the Afghan forces,” said Gen. Noorullah Qaderi, Commander of the Army’s 207 Zafar Corps.

This comes as western regions of Afghanistan saw some major attacks by the Taliban militants, including in northwestern Badghis province, where the militants were pushed back by government forces.

Afghan security officials have said that they plan to launch major offensives against the Taliban in different parts of the country.