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Afghan President ends unilateral truce extension amid rising Taliban attacks



President Ashraf Ghani has declared that the Taliban is unilaterally cease fire, after insurgent attacks killed the Afghan forces across the country.

"The ceasefire is over," he told reporters in the presidential palace, say he was ordering Afghan defense and security forces to continue operations for the first time since he announced an unprecedented unilateral truce with the Taliban in early June.

But the president said the door to negotiations will remain open, and he asked the Taliban to join a peace process. So far, the militant group has refused to talk to the government, disparaging it as a "puppet" regime and demanding direct talks with the United States.

Ghani's invitation to extend the cease fire after it ends 1

7, the president said the three-day mutual truce had been "98 percent successful" and that the government is ready to extend it to the "Taliban are ready."

The letter truce, which coincides with the three-day Eid holiday marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month, which is strictly followed by both sides in the 17-year civil conflict and what is marked by the outgoing of civilians, Afghan forces and Taliban fighters.

cease fire, in which thousands of Taliban fighters flooded cities and towns and mingled cordially with others, has generated widespread hopes among both Afghans and foreign officials supporting the Ghani government that the Taliban m

The government did not extend to the Islamic State, a foreign-based Sunni Islamic militia, and other foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. During the Cease Fire, the Islamic State claimed it carried out two separate deadly attacks on the Taliban, civilians and Afghan forces in eastern Nangahar province

A spokesman for the ministry of defense

"We want to continue our offensive against the elements who are posing threat to our people," he said.


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