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US News Afghan president and Taliban declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

02:15  24 may  2020
02:15  24 may  2020 Source:   france24.com

Afghanistan: seven dead in an attack attributed to the Taliban

 Afghanistan: seven dead in an attack attributed to the Taliban © Wakil Kohsar, AFP (archives) Afghan police on duty in Kabul on May 11, 2020 (illustration). Two days after the expiration of a ceasefire decreed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed, Thursday, in an attack imputed to the radical movement in the province of Parwan, bordering on Kabul.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban declared a three - day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday , via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's president said the government would reciprocate. The move came as fighting between the two sides had intensified

The Taliban have announced a three - day ceasefire with Afghan government forces coinciding with Eid later this month, days after a unilateral ceasefire was ordered by the government. It is the Taliban 's first ceasefire since the government they ran was toppled by the 2001 US-led invasion.

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Abdullah Abdullah, right, President Ashraf Ghani's fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, holds a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the presidential palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Sapidar Palace via AP) © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Abdullah Abdullah, right, President Ashraf Ghani's fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, holds a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the presidential palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Sapidar Palace via AP)

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's president said the government would reciprocate. The move came as fighting between the two sides had intensified despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States well ahead of the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan

 The United States well ahead of the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan © WAKIL KOHSAR Group of Taliban prisoners released from Bagram prison in Afghanistan since the entry into force of a ceasefire The The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is far ahead of schedule, according to a senior official interviewed by AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump again called for these troops to return to the United States.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban declared a three - day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday , via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's president said the government would reciprocate.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban declared a three - day Eid ceasefire starting on Sunday , a spokesman for the hardline Islamist group wrote in a tweet on Saturday, a move that comes as fighting has intensified between the warring sides despite the coronavirus pandemic.

"Do not carry out any offensive operations against the enemy anywhere, if any action is taken against you by the enemy, defend yourself," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, tweeted. He added that the ceasefire was declared solely for Eid festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during his inauguration as president, in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail © Thomson Reuters Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during his inauguration as president, in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the Taliban's ceasefire announcement and extended the offer of peace. "As Commander-in-Chief I have instructed ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) to comply with the three-days truce and to defend only if attacked," he said in a tweet.

The United States far ahead of the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan

 The United States far ahead of the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan © Provided by Le Point The American military withdrawal from Afghanistan is far ahead of schedule, according to a senior official interviewed by AFP on Wednesday , when President Donald Trump again called for these troops to return to the United States. Afghanistan had a fairly calm day on Wednesday, only one major incident having been reported, the day after the end of the three-day ceasefire decreed by the Taliban. They have not yet announced whether they will extend it.

The Taliban announced a three - day ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday starting Sunday in a surprise move following months of bloody fighting with Afghan forces after the group signed a landmark agreement with the US. President Ashraf Ghani swiftly welcomed the insurgents' offer and ordered

The Afghan Taliban has announced a three - day Eid ceasefire starting on Sunday , a spokesman for the armed group said in a statement, in a move following months of bloody fighting with security forces. The Taliban statement also instructed its fighters to refrain from entering government areas and also

Last month, the Taliban rejected a government call for a ceasefire across Afghanistan for Ramadan, saying a truce was "not rational" as they ramped up attacks on Afghan forces.

At least 146 civilians were killed and 430 wounded by the Taliban during Ramadan, Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the country's main intelligence and security office in Kabul, said on Saturday.

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