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Afghan President ends truce with Taliban



Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the security forces to resume counter-insurgency operations on Saturday, ending an 18-day truce with the Taliban

The government had unilaterally halted anti-Taliban operations Land for a week, starting two days before Eid al-Fitr's annual Muslim festival on June 15

Ghani later extended the truce for another 10 days in the hope that he would encourage the uprising to end the violence Ending the Afghan War

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People Celebrate the Armistice in Nangarhar County, Afghanistan June 16, 2018 2018.

A First for the Taliban

The Taliban had also suffered during the dr Eid-Festes first exposed during the 17-year war attacks on the battlefield. But the insurgents ignored Ghani's demand to extend their ceasefire and since then resumed deadly attacks on Afghan troops.

"The ceasefire is over and our security forces are allowed to resume their operations," Ghani announced at a press conference. In Kabul

however, he emphasized that the government's efforts to seek peace and political reconciliation with the Taliban are also continue parallel to the security operations. Ghani claimed that the Eid ceasefire proved that many of the war's Taliban fighters are tired and seeking peace.

The US military had also stopped its airstrikes against the Taliban in support of the Afghan forces while the government ceased its truce. Ghani again called on the insurgents to come to the negotiating table for talks.

"I am ready for a (future) truce with the Taliban whenever they ask me to, because the ceasefire is a national requirement, and I leave it up to them (insurgents) to decide whether to hold a truce for 10 days or more want to have one year, "said the president.

Afghans and independent observers have noted the temporary cessation of hostilities during the Eid holidays. This has led to an unprecedented movement of Taliban fighters and government soldiers in other controlled areas. The media was flooded with images and videos of combatants from both sides fraternizing with each other and with Afghan civilians.

  FILE - The Taliban are walking as they celebrate a ceasefire in Ghanichel, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, June 16, 2018. [19659015] FILE - Taliban walk as they celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on June 16, 2018. </span><br />
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<p> <strong>  Taliban says truce on its own initiative </strong> </p>
<p>  But the Taliban rejected claims Its truce was a response to Kabul's temporary cessation of security operations. The insurgent group also rejected Kabul's claims that its fighters are tired of the war. It insisted on the successful implementation of its ceasefire as "unsubstantiated" allegations that the Taliban were not a "single force" and that it was "governed by foreign powers." </p>
<p>  The Taliban have also reiterated that they would negotiate peace only with the United States and not with representatives of what it dismisses as the Afghan American "puppet government". </p>
<p>  Washington rejected the Taliban calls for direct negotiations and stressed that the peace process must be conducted by Afghans. But the US has promised to participate in the in-Afghan talks </p>
<p>  <strong> Obstacles to Afghan peace talks </strong> </p>
<p>  As part of its comprehensive plan, Ghani offered to recognize the Taliban as political and allowed them to have an office in Afghanistan Opening Kabul and participating in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan. The president said he is also ready to conduct direct talks with Taliban leader Hitbatullah Akundzada "wherever he wants." </p>
<p>  Observers were and still are skeptical of the Afghan government's efforts to launch a peace process with the US Taliban said the group sees the US as its main enemy in the war and has also advocated that the United Nations " political conflict party ". </p>
<p>  "For all these reasons, it's impossible Imagine the Taliban accepting Ghani's offer to act as a political party and participate in elections in the current political system," the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) said in a study following the truce that explained hurdles to Afghan peace talks] "They (the Taliban) want to be recognized as a party to the conflict, at eye level with the US and without saying it, because officially the Kabul government is only one for them Puppet of the Americans, of the Afghan Government, this role, they believe, gives them the opportunity to play their military hand, including their still growing control of territory and population in a future political agreement that would necessarily involve a power-sharing ", noted the AAN stationed in Kabul. </p><div><script async src=

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