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Taliban agrees for Eid ceasefire with Afghan govt, foreign occupiers exempted

AFP
Published : Jun 9, 2018, 11:48 am IST
Updated : Jun 9, 2018, 11:47 am IST

Taliban agreed to three-day ceasefire with Afghan forces but said that its fighters would 'strongly defend' themselves if attacked.

Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr,
 Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr," the Taliban said in a WhatsApp message. (Photo: File/AP)

Kabul: The Taliban announced on June 9 a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though it said operations against "foreign occupiers" would continue.

But the group warned that its fighters would "strongly defend" themselves if attacked, according to a statement sent to the media two days after the Afghan government announced a week-long ceasefire.

"All the mujahideen are directed to stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr," the Taliban said in a WhatsApp message.

"But if the mujahideen are attacked we will strongly defend (ourselves)." The Taliban added that "foreign occupiers are the exception" to the order sent to its fighters.

"Our operations will continue against them, we will attack them wherever we see them," it said. It was the first time the Taliban had agreed to a ceasefire for Eid since the US invasion in 2001.

The announcement came after President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday declared an apparently unilateral week-long ceasefire with the Taliban. It 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 12-19.

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Tags: afghan govt, afghan taliban, ceasefire agreement, eid ul-fitr
Location: Afghanistan, Kabol, Kabul