Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Afghan Taliban Announces Three-Day Ceasefire for Eid Holidays

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan 27 People Killed Up to 50 Wounded in 4 Attacks in Afghanistan Amid Ceasefire REUTERS Omar Sobhani
Sammy Stanley | 11 June, 2018, 20:13

The halt in hostilities at the end of this week comes two days after the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, announced his government's unilateral eight-day ceasefire.

"All the mujahideen are directed to stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr", the Taleban said in a WhatsApp message to journalists.

The Taliban announced the upcoming cease-fire on Saturday, saying they would continue to defend themselves if attacked and would continue targeting foreign forces.

In Jawzjan province, seven police personnel were killed and two others injured after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint on Sunday night.

Afghan security forces say the impact has been significant, but the Taliban roam huge swaths of the country and, with foreign troop levels at about 15,600 compared with 140,000 in 2014, there appears little hope of outright military victory.

In the Zawol district of western Herat province, the governor's spokesman said 18 members of the Afghan army and police were killed in an overnight ambush Friday.

"The Afghans became more hopeful when both the sides announced ceasefire and this decision should lead to a lasting peace in Afghanistan", he said.

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In late February, Ghani also offered the Taliban a chance to be recognized as a legitimate political party and withdraw their names from global sanctions lists in exchange for peace. It was not immediately clear how many of them were among those killed.

It would last "from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eidul Fitr", Ghani tweeted, indicating it could run from June 12-19.

Afghanistan faces insurgencies by the Taliban, Islamic State and the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

Baktash Mobarez said the Taliban's announcement had "brought so much hope and happiness" to a country worn down by four decades of conflict. But the movement of worldwide forces has been limited in recent years under a curtailed advisory role, with a smaller counterterrorism mission that largely focuses on remnants of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Last week, the USA military said it would observe the government cease-fire with the Taliban while continuing its activities against the Islamic State.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's AMAQ news agency said.

US President Donald Trump unveiled a more hawkish military approach to Afghanistan in August a year ago, including a surge in air strikes aimed at forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

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