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Taliban Announces Temporary Ceasefire With Afghan Forces

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| June 9 , 2018 , 15:52 IST

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced a ceasefire on the occasion of the holy festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr. The ceasefire would continue for three days. The comes as a response to the announcement of a ceasefire by the Afghan government on Thursday.

However, the terror group has said that foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and operations against them would continue. They also said they would defend themselves against any attack.

On Thursday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had announced an unconditional ceasefire in coincidence with the holy month of Ramzan. However other terror groups such as ISIS were excluded from this order.

The Afghan President had urged ceasefires with Taliban before but this was the first time an unconditional offer was made since his election in 2014.

It wasn’t immediately clear that when will the Taliban ceasefire would begin, as Eid starts when the moon is first sighted on either the 29th or 30th day of Ramadan. The moon appears at different times across the country and hence this became a matter of confusion.

In February, Ghani offered acknowledgement of the terror group as a legitimate political group in a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks to end this more than 16-year-old war.