Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Taliban, roaming Afghan cities amid Eid euphoria, rule out ceasefire extension

Dozens of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz celebrated the Islamic Eid al Fitr holiday on Saturday greeting Afghan security forces and local residents.
The celebrations took place after the Taliban announced a three-day Image Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces have been hugging and taking selfies during the ceasefire
Andrew Cummings | 18 June, 2018, 08:31

At least 18 civilians were killed and 45 others wounded in a suicide bombing at the governor's compounded in Jalalabad city, said Najibullah Kamawal, head of Nangarhar's health department.

The explosion happened outside the Nangarhar provincial governor's office in the capital Jalalabad, his spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

Most of the dead and wounded were believed to be Taliban, he said.

The president said he was acting "to respect the public's wishes and support their demands for peace", and that his government would continue releasing prisoners as long as it received a positive reciprocal response from the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in an address to the nation ordered security forces to extend an already in place ceasefire with the Taliban and urged the rebels to reciprocate.

The Afghans exempted Islamic State fighters from the ceasefire, saying it would still carry out operations against the insurgent group.

A three-day Eid truce between the Taliban and Afghan security forced was distrupted when a auto bomb exploded, killing 26 people. An overlapping Taliban cease-fire was for the three days of Eid. Observers say it is unlikely that the militant group will engage in any negotiations, as they now have the upper hand on the battleground.

Members of the Afghan Taliban have been embracing Afghan security forces amid the ceasefire - something that would have seemed impossible just a few days ago, the BBC reported. It overlaps with an Afghan government cease-fire which was due to end on Wednesday before the Afghan president extended the truce.

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In another video, a white-turbaned fighter was shown holding two plastic roses while a row of government soldiers posed for photos nearby, some of them also holding flowers.

The militants, some wearing traditional headgear, went through the streets of Kabul carrying their flags and urging locals to come forward and take selfies with them.

But on Sunday the Taliban announced that their cease-fire had ended and that they have no intention of extending it.

"I have seen several Taliban vehicles and motorcycles leaving the city today in the afternoon", Sohrab Qaderi, provincial council member of Nangarhar province in the east, told Reuters.

"They are unarmed, as they handed over their weapons at the entrances", Kabul police spokesperson Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters.

One image even showed an Afghan general leaving his auto to have selfies taken with an enthusiastic group of Taliban fighters.

For many Afghans it has been first glimpse of peace in their lifetime.

The chairman of the High Peace Council, a government body charged with negotiating an end to the almost 17-year war, called on the Taliban to accept the extended cease-fire and join the peace process. "I felt for the first time in the eight years of my jihadist life that I am at least safe". The Afghan government is under heavy pressure to restore security and take back territory controlled by a number of insurgent groups, including the Taliban and IS. "It is hard to describe the joy". "Look, everyone you see here, we are all Muslims and mujahideen", the man said, referring to Afghans who fought against Soviet forces in the 1980s.

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