Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Taliban agrees to 3-day Eid ceasefire

Taliban agrees to 3-day Eid ceasefire

The Taliban established the office in Qatar ostensibly for peace talks with Western powers in an Islamic country they considered neutral, though the Persian Gulf kingdom has long allowed the USA military to use its Al Udeid Air Base to launch aerial attacks on the Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan.

One week before that attack, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for a deadly assault on the government finance directorate building.

The members of the organization vowed to support the Afghan government and work to bring peace and stability to the war-torn country.

Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish welcomed the Taleban's move. "The Afghan government will take all steps needed to make sure that there is no bloodshed in Afghanistan".

Responding to Ghani's announcement, the Taliban yesterday announced the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid - the first ceasefire by the militant group in Afghanistan since the 2001 USA invasion.

Ghani's surprise announcement underscored his desire to establish a peace process that could put an end to a conflict that even his backers say cannot be won militarily.

Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have killed as many as 65 government soldiers and police officers in three attacks.

"Since our people are under occupation, jihad is incumbent on us", he said.

Injured men receive treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan Monday
Afghan forces kill 10 Taliban as ceasefire is announced

In the meantime, insurgents have continued to carry out attacks on Afghan forces.

On Sunday, at least 13 police personnel were killed on Sunday when Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

A second government official said 60 more soldiers would arrive in Afghanistan in July and be based at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters. "We shouldn't be happy with just a three-day ceasefire", a woman in Kabul told AFP.

On the other hand, similar attacks occurred on Saturday, Jun 9, in a border district with Tajikistan, in which about 20 soldiers of the Afghan security forces were killed.

Relatives of the victims mourn at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul on June 11.

There was no report of other casualties.

USA forces said they would honour the Afghan government ceasefire.

Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban militants as a ceasefire was announced by the president, an official said on Friday.

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