Afghan government announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Thursday that his government and the Taliban had agreed to an unconditional ceasefire until June 20. The deal coincided with the end of the Muslim fasting season, but did not include the Islamic State and other extremist groups. The agreement followed a meeting this week in which Islamic clerics recommended a ceasefire and declared a fatwa on Taliban attacks. A suicide bomber attacked the entrance to the clerics’ peace tent in Kabul as the meeting was breaking up, killing 14 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Ghani said the ceasefire would give the Taliban an opportunity to reflect and see that “their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds.”

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