world talking news – Afghanistan announces unprecedented week-long ceasefire with the Taliban
“This ceasefire is a chance for Taliban to introspect (sic) that their violent marketing campaign is just not successful them hearts and minds,” Mr Ghani mentioned after a televised deal with on Thursday.
Operations against the “international terrorists” of Islamic State group and Al Qaeda would continue, the Afghan authorities mentioned. Troops would even be on standby to reply to assaults.
The Nato-led coalition mentioned it could abide by the ceasefire.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban mentioned: “The Taliban senior leaders are in a gathering to determine upon Ghani’s supply of ceasefire, and we are going to replace shortly.”
Afghan civilian and navy casualties within the 17-year-long battle have risen sharply for the reason that coalition ended fight operations and withdrew greater than 100,000 troops in 2014. The Taliban have put navy stress on a sequence of provincial capitals, whereas a newly fashioned affiliate of Islamic State group has additionally carried out a string of bloody assaults.
A gathering of senior clerics earlier this week endorsed a ceasefire as a option to kickstart negotiations, however their assembly was then struck by a suicide bomber that killed 14.
Former Afghan military common Atiqullah Amarkhel mentioned the ceasefire would give the Taliban an opportunity to regroup.