Friday, 19 July 2019

Afghan president announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: Afghanistan announced on Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for the Eid holiday, though operations against other groups including the militant group Islamic State (IS), will continue.

The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramazan until the fifth day of Eidul Fitr,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19.

It was not immediately clear if the Taliban had agreed to the ceasefire. A spokesman for the militants told AFP they were “checking with our officials” regarding the announcement.

The surprise move comes days after a gathering of Afghanistan’s top clerics in the capital Kabul issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and attacks.

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