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Afghanistan Announces Ceasefire with Taliban for Eid Al-Fitr


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Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:08 GMT

President Ashraf Ghani announced on June 7th an unconditional ceasefire that would coincide with the end of the Ramadan fasting month, Eid. According to Reuters the Taliban have yet to respond.

Earlier this week, a prominent gathering of religious clerics issued a fatwa condemning militant violence as un-Islamic and were themselves targeted in a suicide attack claimed by Isis. Ghani said his government supported the clerics' ruling and that the Afghan people wanted the conflict settled peacefully. “It’s a one-sided love story,” he said.

“We will adhere to the wishes of Afghanistan for the country to enjoy a peaceful end to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and support the search for an end to the conflict,” General John Nicholson, US Forces-Afghanistan and the Nato-led Resolute Support commander, said in a statement. However, the ceasefire would not include US counter-terrorism efforts against Islamic State and al Qaeda, it said.

Tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed since US-led troops drove the Taliban from power in 2001. The ceasefire is due to come into effect next week.