Taliban agree to ceasefire with Afghan forces for Eid al-Fitr

 

The Taliban terrorist organization have agreed to a ceasefire with the Afghan government for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The militant group announced in a statement on Saturday a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for the Eid in the middle of June, following a truce deal already proposed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The ceasefire, the first offer of its kind, will begin either on Friday or Saturday, as Eid al-Fitr falls on one of these days.

The Taliban said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and operations would continue against them, adding that they would "strongly defend" themselves against any attack.

"Members of the Taliban should not participate in public gatherings during the Eid festivities because the enemy could target us," the statement said.

Ghani had declared an unconditional week-long ceasefire with the Taliban on Thursday, but the offer excluded Daesh and other terrorist outfits.

The truce would last "from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid al-Fitr," Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12 to 19.

 

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