Aug 19, 2018

Afghan president calls for Eid ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Sunday for a suspension of violence with Taliban insurgents to observe Islam's Eid al-Adha holiday with the potential to extend the ceasefire through November, reports the AP.

The details: There are conflicting reports on whether it'll happen. The AP says the Taliban did not "immediately respond," though Reuters reports that there's a provisional agreement in place, citing Taliban sources. It's worth noting that the sides agreed to a multi-day ceasefire back in June during Eid al-Fitr, though the Taliban rejected similar calls for a prolonged end to the violence.

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