Ghani Announces Temporary Truce With Afghan Taliban
Ghani Announces Temporary Truce With Afghan Taliban
ImageSecurity forces escorting Taliban fighters in Jalalabad Afghanistan
08 June, 2018, 22:08
The top US military commander in Afghanistan said that foreign forces will also honor the cease-fire. But that excludes other militant groups such as Islamic State. The worldwide military presence in the country has also indicated that it will honour the pause in fighting.
He has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before, but this was the first unconditional offer since his election in 2014.
Steve Brooking, Director of Peace and Reconciliation at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the Afghan war does not have a military solution and that it should be resolved through politics.
The U.S. State Department said that "the Afghan government's offer of a temporary cease-fire underscores its commitment to peace as both a national and religious responsibility".
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan Feb. 28, 2018.
"From a military prospect, it is not a good move", he told Reuters.
The announcement follows an unprecedented religious ruling, or fatwa, from a gathering of Afghan clerics this week declaring the insurgency illegitimate and proclaiming that suicide bombings, a frequent tactic of the Taliban, the Islamic State and other militants, are forbidden by Islam.
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The abrupt nature of Mr. Ghani's call was sure to rattle military units, which have been pinned down by the Taliban and which, over 17 years of consistent fighting, have not given much thought to how they might carry out a cease-fire.
The statistics highlight a recurring problem: Taliban fighters have frequently attacked Afghan government outposts throughout the country, capturing USA -supplied equipment and then disappearing into the countryside.
"(Operations against Daesh) will continue, in fact, will be even intensified, during this period of ceasefire, as we focus on ISIS", General John Nicholson, commander of USA and global forces in Afghanistan, told reporters in Brussels.
"The Taliban are under a very weak pressure to come to some kind of agreement, because they have diplomatic relations with Russian Federation, with Iran of course, with Pakistan and more than diplomatic with China and so on", Rubin said.
The increased military activity against the Taliban is being undertaken since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new South Asia strategy in August.
Since 2005, the United States purchased 95,000 vehicles for the Afghan security forces, but the coalition command responsible for equipping the country's army and police could not account for the entire inventory, according to a Pentagon inspector general's report. This is the first time the government has extended its peace overture to Haqqanis who the United States has declared global terrorists. In 2017, a record more than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed and wounded. "Otherwise, Afghanistan's security forces are prepared to foil any threat and defend citizens", said the spokesman, Mohammed Radmanesh. "A political settlement must be negotiated through a process that is Afghan-lead and Afghan-owned", said Curtis.
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