U.S. Military Operations Against IS To Intensify During Cease-Fire

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants will intensify during a temporary cease-fire announced by the Afghan government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on June 7 announced for the first time a unilateral cease-fire with the Taliban militant group, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month. Senior security forces said the allied Haqqani network will also be included in the truce, although that has not been confirmed by the government. It was not immediately clear if the Taliban would honor the cease-fire. The truce -- which will last from June 12 until around June 20 -- excludes other militant groups such as IS.....................

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