Afghan president defiant in face of attacks

Ghani's speech criticising Taliban violence comes two weeks before withdrawal of most US and NATO troop from country.

    Afghan president defiant in face of attacks
    Most international combat troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year [AP]

    Defying frequent attacks by armed groups across his country, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has given a speech following a wave of recent Taliban activity, pledging that Afghanistan "will never surrender".

    In a televised speech on Sunday, Ghani called on all religious, political and social leaders to condemn the violence. At one point, he even shouted: "Enough!"

    Ghani's words come just two weeks before the withdrawal from Afghanistan of most international combat troops, 13 years after the US-led invasion following the September 11 attacks.

    Ghani has made few public remarks about the violence that has intensified since he took office in September, though regularly visits victims of attacks in the hospital and at their homes.

    In his speech on Sunday, Ghani offered no specifics about his plans to combat the upsurge of violence.

    His administration has embarked on a top-to-bottom review of the country's military and security strategy, promising to remove provincial governors and other security officials.

    In the lead-up to the withdrawal of most foreign troops, Taliban fighters have launched a series of bloody attacks across the country, including those targeting foreigners in the capital, Kabul.

    On Saturday alone, at least 19 people were killed, including 12 clearing landmines in the country's south.

    A suicide attack on Saturday evening in Kabul killed seven government troops, and injured 18 others, including civilians.

    A senior court official was also shot on the same day.

    Afghanistan's Green Village in eastern Kabul has also come under regular attacks in recent months.

    The heavily fortified Green Village houses foreigners working for international service companies.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.