June 23, 2018

Taliban announces first cease-fire against Afghan forces for Eid al-Fitr

11 June 2018, 08:11 | Taylor George

Afghan forces kill 10 Taliban as ceasefire is announced

27 People Killed, Up to 50 Wounded in 4 Attacks in Afghanistan Amid Ceasefire

The announcement comes two days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani instructed Afghan forces in a video message to halt operations between Tuesday and June 21.

The NATO-led mission also said the cease-fire would not include counterterrorism efforts against Islamic State-Khorasan, al-Qaida and other regional and other worldwide terrorist groups.

15 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of #Afghanistan, reports said.

Hours before yesterday's announcement, Taleban militants stormed an Afghan military base in the western province of Herat, killing at least 17 soldiers, officials said.

Meanwhile, in northern Sari Pul, at least six public protection forces were killed after a checkpoint came under an attack by Taliban fighters, said Zabi Amani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

News agency ANI reported that all the attackers have been neutralised by the security forces. Noori also confirmed that the bomb was implanted by the Taliban group. "They will kill more to make up for their ceasefire days".

The 10 included five Pakistanis killed in Thursday's clash in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the official said. Speaking at the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here, Prime Minister Modi also promised that India will play an active role in the contact group for Afghanistan under the SCO banner.

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"If the mujahideen are attacked we will strongly defend (ourselves)" the statement added. "So, nevertheless, we hope that the combination of the two will trigger further engagement and real peace dialogue", said Mayaudon.

The government announced the ceasefire last week.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said their announcement was not in response to the government's declaration of cease-fire.

The government truce, which excludes the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and Al-Qaeda, will last from June 12 until around June 20.

Ghani's move came days after a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics in Kabul called for a ceasefire and issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and attacks.

Despite more aggressive military operations against the Taliban under a new approach adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump previous year, the Taliban still hold large swaths of the country.

U.S. General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and NATO-led Resolute Support mission, said the coalition forces will also honor the cease-fire.

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