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Afghan forces kill 10 Taliban after truce takes effect

U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels Friday Afghan Taliban announce surprise three-day Eid ceasefire
Ellis Copeland | 10 June, 2018, 10:26

The Afghan Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire with Afghan forces over Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, after the government called for a holiday cease-fire.

It is unclear when the ceasefire will begin, as Eid begins when the moon is first sighted.

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.

Just hours before the Taliban's Saturday announcement, at least 17 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under attack by the Taliban in western Herat province, said Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor.

The Taliban had denounced the gathering, insisting its fight against what it considers are foreign invaders was justified.

United States officials said Thursday that the Taliban had expressed interest in the pause in hostilities through Pakistani back channels and other mechanisms. "We should reach for sustainable peace throughout the country".

Ghani has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before, but this was the first unconditional offer since he was elected in 2014.

The ceasefire will last from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr, President Ghani had tweeted last week, indicating it could run from June 12-19.

"This ceasefire is an opportunity for Taliban to introspect that their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds, but further alienating the #Afghan people from their cause", he added on Twitter.

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On Friday, senior USA officials said they will intensify combat against Daesh affiliate in the country during the Kabul government's temporary halt to attacks on the Taliban.

A meeting of more than 2,000 religious scholars from around the country on Monday called on both the Taliban and the government to observe a cease-fire.

The UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said he hoped the ceasefires would "serve as a stepping stone" towards peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Conversations with diplomats and senior officials in Kabul suggest that the recent unilateral ceasefire announced by the government had been sudden, unco-ordinated with the Taliban and not the outcome of a broader, cohesive peace effort.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has led worldwide security efforts in Afghanistan since 2003.

But he did not touch the issue of presence or withdrawal of foreign troops, a key demand of the insurgents.

The Trump administration has sent additional troops to try to change the course of America's longest war.

Family visits should also be arranged for remaining prisoners, it said. However, it insisted that attacks on foreign forces should continue. He added that eight Taliban attackers were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded during the gun battle.

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