Violence Grows in Northern Afghanistan, nevertheless Neither Side is actually Gaining Much Ground

MAZAR I SHARIF, Afghanistan — Violence in northern Afghanistan has intensified in recent days, with both Afghan security forces along with the Taliban suffering heavy casualties, nevertheless the heavy fighting has failed to shift the battle lines.

While many previous winters inside 17-year-old war brought a relative lull to the fighting, as low temperatures along with snow set in, of which year the fighting has continued amid stalled efforts to persuade the Taliban to sit down for talks with the Afghan government.

Despite meeting repeatedly with American diplomats to discuss the withdrawal of United States forces coming from Afghanistan along with the Discharge of their prisoners, the insurgents have refused to meet Afghan peace negotiators.

Instead, the Taliban have carried out deadly attacks in Balkh Province, a commercial hub inside north of which had long remained one of the safest parts of the country, along with in several neighboring provinces.

“The Taliban, with help of Russia along with Pakistan, are trying to get more territory along with to be in a stronger position inside war so they can get more in a peace deal,” Mr. Ghoryani said.