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US News Afghanistan: After a soaring of violence, a ceasefire decreed for Eid

18:15  10 may  2021
18:15  10 may  2021 Source:   france24.com

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President Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered his armed forces on Monday to respect the three-day ceasefire decreed by Taliban insurgents for the feast of Eid el-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Since the beginning of the month, the country has been bloody by a series of attacks while the United States prepares the withdrawal of their troops.

It's a truce that needs to start in Afghanistan after several days of violence. The Taliban, imitated by the Afghan government, announced Monday, May 10 a three-day ceasefire for Eid El-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks this week the end of Ramadan, when Washington Specry to withdraw his soldiers from the country .

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Afghanistan has been a resurgence of violence since May 1, when the United States were supposed to have withdrawn their 2,500 soldiers still on site.

at least 11 people still perished Monday because of the explosion of a bomb at the passage of a bus, in the province of Zabul (South), a few hours before the announcement made by the Taliban, according to the Ministry of The interior.

Two days ago, the most murderer bombing for a year had been perpetrated in front of a school for Kabul girls. At least 50 people died, mostly students, and a hundred were injured in a series of explosions.

Monday morning, the Taliban ordered the fighters "to stop all attacks against the enemy throughout the first country on the third day of Eid", according to an insurgent statement.

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Eid el-Fitr is the Muslim festival that marks this week the end of Ramadan and its date is set by the position of the moon.

According to a statement, President Ashraf Ghanu ordered in the wake of his armed forces to "respect the ceasefire" announced by the insurgents, that he urged once again to announce a permanent truce to end the war.

Last year, the Taliban had also declared ceasefire on the occasion of Muslim holidays and had already been imitated by the government.

Saturday, a series of explosions had occurred in front of a school in Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchchi, especially populated by Shiites Hazaras, often targeted by Sunni extremists, when many of its inhabitants were doing their races. The balance sheet exceeds 50 dead and 100 wounded.

Sunday, the bodies of dozens of girls have been buried in a cemetery located at the top of a hill in Kabul.

a short-term truce

for the Fawad Kochi Political Analyst, the ceasefire is a means for Taliban leaders to give their strength a brief respite in the fighting that has intensified since the beginning of the withdrawal of the troops American on May 1st. "The government will try by all means to extend the ceasefire, but the Taliban will return to the battlefield just after Eid," he says. "The Taliban know that a prolonged ceasefire will divide them and kill their momentum. They will never want it."

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The government accused the Taliban from being at the origin of the attack on Saturday in front of the school, but they rejected any responsibility. They said they had committed no attack in Kabul since February 2020, when they had signed an agreement with the United States paving the way to the peace talks and the withdrawal of the latest US troops.

, however, they continue to combat government forces daily outside major cities.

The United States had to have withdrawn all their troops still on site on May 1, under the agreement signed in February 2020 in Qatar with the Taliban by the former Donald Trump administration.

But Washington pushed back to September 11, dates from the 20th anniversary of the 2001 attacks, which sparked the wrath of the Taliban.

In a message broadcast Sunday, HAIBATULLAH AKHUNDZADA, their leader, said that any delay in this withdrawal would be a "violation" of the agreement concluded.

"If America is missing again with its commitments, then the world must testify and hold America responsible for all the consequences," he warned.

with AFP

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