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KABUL: The Taliban introduced a three-day ceasefire throughout the Eid al-Fitr vacation beginning Sunday in a shock transfer following months of bloody preventing with Afghan forces after the group signed a landmark settlement with america.
President Ashraf Ghani swiftly welcomed the insurgents’ supply and ordered his forces to additionally comply, whereas the US envoy to Afghanistan hailed the deal as a “momentous alternative.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned in an announcement posted on social media that the group’s “management instructs all of the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate to take particular measures for safety of the countrymen, and conduct no offensive operation towards the enemy wherever.”
The assertion, which introduced a halt to hostilities “throughout the three days of Eid,” instructed Taliban fighters to chorus from getting into authorities areas and likewise mentioned that Kabul forces weren’t allowed to enter territories underneath their management.
Because the US invasion in 2001 there has solely been one different pause within the preventing – a shock three-day ceasefire between the Taliban and Kabul marking the spiritual competition of Eid in 2018.
That ceasefire name was given by Ghani, which the insurgents had accepted.
In the course of the temporary lull in preventing at the moment, Afghans responded joyfully, with Taliban fighters, safety forces and civilians hugging, sharing ice lotions and posing for selfies in beforehand unimaginable scenes.
Ghani was fast to simply accept the Taliban ceasefire supply Saturday.
“I welcome the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban,” he mentioned on Twitter.
“As commander-in-chief I’ve instructed ANDSF (Afghan Nationwide Defence Safety Drive) to adjust to the three-day truce and to defend provided that attacked.”
The announcement comes simply days after the Taliban’s chief Haibatullah Akhundzada urged Washington “to not waste” the chance provided by the deal the militants signed with america in February that set the stage for the withdrawal of overseas troops from the nation.
“The Islamic Emirate is dedicated to the settlement… and urges the opposite aspect to honour its personal commitments and never permit this essential alternative to go to waste,” Akhundzada mentioned in an announcement, utilizing the Taliban’s identify for Afghanistan.
The signing of the deal between america and Taliban was preceded by a so-called “discount in violence” however not an official ceasefire.
US Particular Consultant to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered the deal, mentioned on Twitter Saturday that america welcomed “the Taliban’s choice to watch a ceasefire throughout Eid, in addition to the Afghan authorities announcement reciprocating and saying its personal ceasefire.”
He urged the Taliban to proceed to abide by the settlement, calling the halt in violence “a momentous alternative that shouldn’t be missed” whereas pledging that america would “do its half to assist.”
NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg additionally welcomed the ceasefire, urging all events to “seize this chance for peace, for the advantage of all Afghans.”
The US-Taliban deal is geared toward paving the way in which for the insurgents to carry direct peace talks with Kabul.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has made it a precedence to finish the warfare in Afghanistan, and in a bid to tug out overseas forces US officers have been pushing the Taliban and authorities leaders to carry peace talks.
Analysts nonetheless say the Taliban have been emboldened by the cope with the US, and Afghan authorities officers have reported greater than 3,800 assaults because it was signed, killing 420 civilians and wounding 906.
However Khalilzad has maintained that the insurgents have stored up their finish of the discount — even when current violence violated the spirit of the accord.
“The Taliban have applied their settlement to not assault the coalition forces,” he mentioned earlier this month.
The remarks come after a horrific assault towards a maternity hospital in Kabul that killed dozens — together with moms and infants — and a suicide bombing at a funeral.
The Taliban denied involvement within the assaults, however President Ghani blamed them and the Islamic State (IS) group for the bloodshed.
Following that assault and one other suicide bombing within the nation’s east the federal government ordered safety forces to modify to an “offensive” posture towards the Taliban.
The Taliban responded by vowing to extend assaults towards authorities forces.
The group has carried out common assaults towards Afghan forces in current days, and earlier this week even tried to enter the northern metropolis of Kunduz.
Afghan forces, nonetheless, managed to repel the Taliban assault on Kunduz, a metropolis which had fallen to the insurgents twice earlier than.