The Afghan Taliban has announced a three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday at the end of this week, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday.The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations against them would continue. They also said they would defend themselves against any attack."In three days, maybe the unity of Taliban insurgents will be put to test," a European diplomat told Reuters."If different factions don't accept the ceasefire, then attacks will continue."Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban on Thursday, until June 20, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State.Ghani's decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings, one of which, claimed by Islamic State, killed 14 people at the entrance to the clerics' … [Read more...] about Afghan Taliban announce Eid ceasefire
The Afghan Taliban has announced the launch of its annual spring offensive. In a statement released online on April 25, the militant group said the offensive will be "mainly focused on crushing, killing, and capturing American invaders." It said the Americans' "internal supporters" -- the Afghan government and troops -- are considered secondary priorities. The Taliban announcement comes amid a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan. At least 11 Afghan soldiers and police officers were killed on April 24 in separate Taliban attacks in Farah and Ghazni provinces. Separately, an April 22, a suicide bombing in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State extremist group killed 60 people. Based on reporting by AP and dpa … [Read more...] about Afghan Taliban Announces Launch Of Spring Offensive
The Afghan Taliban has announced the start of their annual spring offensive.A statement by the Taliban on Wednesday said the offensive - called the "Al Khandaq" operations - was organised by the Military Commission of the Taliban, which is focused on killing and capturing Americans and their supporters.The announcement comes as a new wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan has already started with massive attacks on Afghan security forces in different parts of the country.At least 11 Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed a day earlier, the latest in a particularly deadly week of assaults by militants in the country. … [Read more...] about Afghan Taliban announces spring offensive
The Afghan Taliban on Monday calls on the U.S. to start a direct dialogue towards for “a peaceful solution.” In a written statement, the Taliban cited remarks by Alice Wells, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, regarding “keeping the doors of dialogue open for the Taliban.” “The Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [Taliban] calls on American officials to talk directly to the Political Office of Islamic Emirate regarding a peaceful solution to the Afghan quandary,” the statement said. The Taliban also urged the U.S. to accept “the legitimate demands of the Afghan people and forward its own concerns and requests for discussion to the Islamic Emirate through a peaceful channel.” The Taliban also claimed the war in Afghanistan was not their choice but an imposition. “To end the occupation, we want a peaceful resolution to the Afghan issue.” Addressing the U.S. and its … [Read more...] about Afghan Taliban calls on US to start direct talks
Asia By Dawood Azami BBC World Service 2 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41842285 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban. Senior US officials have been saying for months that Moscow is even supplying the militants with … [Read more...] about Is Russia arming the Afghan Taliban?