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World Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

03:15  24 may  2020
03:15  24 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Taliban and Afghanistan’s president have announced a three - day cease - fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announcing the government “extends

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - The Taliban declared a three - day Eid cease - fire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's He added that the cease - fire was declared solely for Eid festivities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

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The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announcing the government “extends the offer of peace," comes just days after U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul and Doha.

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban announced a three - day cease - fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease - fire announcement by the government. A statement released Saturday by the Taliban said that they

On June 9, the Taliban announced a three - day ceasefire with Afghan government forces over the Eid al-Fitr holiday , which is set to begin at the end of this week. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani ’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri stressed in an official statement that the government appreciates

Khalilzad on his trip urged both the Taliban and the Afghan government to reduce violence and move ahead with intra-Afghan negotiations, a key pillar of a U.S. peace deal with the Taliban signed in February to allow American troops to leave Afghanistan. The deal was also touted at the time as Afghanistan’s best chance for peace after nearly four decades of war.

The Taliban's cease-fire announcement follows an Eid al-Fitr message from the Taliban leader which said the insurgent group was committed to the peace deal, was not seeking to monopolize power and promised to guarantee the rights of women and men under an Islamic system.

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold 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. (The Presidential Palace via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold 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. (The Presidential Palace via AP)

The directive ordered Taliban fighters not to fight but also not to fraternize with Afghan national security forces. The instructions seemed intended to avoid images that circulated during the last cease-fire in 2018, also during Eid celebrations, including Taliban fighters sharing ice cream and laughing with Afghan national security force soldiers.

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The Afghan Taliban has announced a three - day cease - fire over the Eid -al-Fitr holiday , their first offer of its kind, following an earlier unilateral Ghani 's decision came after Islamic clerics declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings at a gathering in Kabul that itself was the target of a suicide attack

The Taliban have announced a three - day ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid begins on Sunday. He added that the ceasefire had been declared solely for the Eid festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In instructions issued Saturday, Taliban fighters were told “not to attack the enemy in any place but if there is attack from enemy in any place then a befitting defensive response shall be given."

The order also warned Taliban fighters against entering “enemy” territory.

Since signing the peace deal with the United States, the Taliban have not attacked U.S. and NATO troops but have staged numerous attacks against Afghan National Security forces.

The peace deal calls for the full withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops by the end of next year but only if the Taliban honor their commitment to fight against terrorist groups and guarantee that Afghanistan cannot be used as a staging ground of attacks against the United States and its allies. The agreement also calls for talks between Taliban and the often-bickering political leadership in Kabul to decide the future of a post-war Afghanistan. It also calls for the release of prisoners by both the government and Taliban as a good will gesture ahead of the talks.

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The holiday cease - fire — promised on both sides — is a rare act of goodwill. However, not all warring parties in Afghanistan are laying down arms. The Afghan government and the Taliban have begun a rare three - day cease - fire in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban declared a three - day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a He added that the ceasefire was declared solely for Eid festivities marking the end of the holy Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the Taliban 's ceasefire announcement and

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) © Provided by 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)

An increase in attacks claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, including a horrific attack on a maternity hospital in the Afghan capital last week, blamed on the IS affiliate, has given an urgency to finding a settlement between the government and Taliban. U.S. Department of Defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media, said the Taliban is seen as an asset in the fight against IS in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan welcomed the cease-fire announcement saying “we reiterate our call for the militaries of all sides to reduce violence to allow the peace process to take hold.”

Afghanistan: two employees of a television channel killed by a bomb .
© Provided by Le Point Two employees of an Afghan television channel were killed on Saturday by the explosion of a bomb placed by the roadside in Kabul shortly after the government said it was ready to start negotiations with the Taliban. "An economic journalist and the driver of the minibus died when the vehicle carrying 15 employees of Khurshid TV was struck," Jawed Farhad, the director of this private television channel, told AFP.

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