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Afghan Taliban announces Eid ceasefire for first time

Taliban agree three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Foreign troop levels in the country have dropped to around 15,000, although US President Donald Trump previous year announced more air strikes in the country and wiped troop withdrawal deadlines.

It was not immediately clear when the Taliban ceasefire would begin, as Eid starts when the moon is first sighted on either the 29th or 30th day of Ramadan, and the moon appears at different times across the country.

The clerics were themselves targeted in a suicide attack claimed by IS, which killed 14 people at the entrance to their peace tent in Kabul.

The unexpected move came two days after the Afghan government's own surprise announcement of a week-long halt to operations against the Taliban.

"The government announced a truce on the basis of Ulema's verdict to show to the world and Afghans that it had taken the initiative for peace months back and now is even willing to announce a truce and is pacifist".

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Many diplomats and officials in Kabul saw the ceasefire as a small gesture of trust-building at best, and warned that it was too early to pin too much hope on it as some of the most basic questions about a concrete peace process remained unresolved.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday.

The clerics also recommended a ceasefire with the Taliban, who are seeking to reimpose strict Islamic law after their ouster in 2001, and Ghani endorsed the recommendation, saying it would last until June 20.

Ghani in February offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group in a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks to end more than 16 years of war. At the time he also called for a ceasefire.

"Taliban should welcome the Afghan government's ceasefire so that we can achieve peace in our common homeland through intra-Afghan negotiations", said Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament.

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A member of security personnel stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but the US still has thousands of forces based there in a support and counterterrorism role. It is underpinned both by the heavy daily toll of the long war on ordinary Afghans and U.S. President Donald Trump's limited patience for the costly U.S. involvement here.

In its statement, the Afghan Taliban said it would allow prisoners to visit with families and asked for the group's regional leaders to commute some prisoners' sentences.

His offer comes amid a rise in attacks by the insurgents, who have gained ground in recent months despite a surge in ground and aerial offensives by U.S. and Afghan forces.

In the meantime, the Afghan defense ministry said in addition to clashes in Kunduz, Herat and Sar-e-Pul, the Afghan National Army launched operations in eight other provinces against insurgents.

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This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China, while trying to expand its influence, has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the U.S. of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in the country destabilising any attempts to restore peace.

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