Afghan President Ends Cease-fire with Taliban


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani allowed national security forces Saturday to resume counterinsurgency operations, marking the end of an 18-day cease-fire with the Taliban. The government had unilaterally halted anti-Taliban operations in the country for a week, beginning two days before the June 15 annual Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. Ghani later unilaterally extended the truce for 10 more days, hoping it would encourage the insurgency to end the violence and seek a negotiated end to the Afghan war. The Taliban also had for the first time in the 17-year-old war suspended battlefield attacks during the three-day Eid festivities. But the insurgents ignored Ghani’s calls for extending their truce and have since resumed deadly attacks against Afghan forces......................

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