News Updates

27th June - 02nd July
  • Ashraf Ghani orders end to unilateral cease-fire
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the end of the government’s unilateral cease-fire and ordered forces to restart their operations across the country. Mr. Ghani said in a news conference that the government accepted the people’s call for peace and now it is the Taliban’s turn to take it into consideration.
    The Taliban had independently observed a cease-fire to celebrate the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr, which marked the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It was the first truce in Afghanistan’s brutal 17-year war and both Taliban and government officials embraced the reprieve from fighting with joint celebrations. In cities throughout the country, Taliban and Afghan government security personnel were seen laughing together and in some cases taking selfies as they embraced. (The Hindu, June 30, 2018)
16th June - 26th June
  • Taliban Seizes More Than a Dozen of Checkpoints in Eastern Afghanistan. (sputniknews, 25 June, 2018)
  • Taliban Kill Dozens of Afghan Soldiers, as Cease-Fires Give Way to Violence: Afghanistan — At least 30 Afghan soldiers were killed in a single Taliban attack in the northwest of the country early Wednesday, officials said, indicating an end to a brief lull in violence after both sides agreed to unilateral cease-fires. Taliban fighters launched heavy attacks on three army outposts in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis Province, said the provincial governor, Abdul Ghafoor Malakzai. The initial attacks were repelled, but the reinforcements the government sent in were hit by roadside bombs, he said. (The New York Times, 20 June, 2018)
  • Deadly Blast Punctures Afghanistan’s Brief Moment of Peace: Afghanistan — A remarkable thing happened in Afghanistan’s war. There were nearly two days of peace. As cease-fires by the government and the Taliban took hold, security forces and insurgents celebrated and took pictures together for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. But at one of those celebrations in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an explosion went off Saturday afternoon, killing at least 36 people and wounding more than 65, among them civilians and members of both the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. Officials said it was either a suicide bomber or a car bomb.Dozens of Afghan troops were being killed every day in the run-up to the cease-fires, raising doubts about whether a sudden cessation of fighting would take hold. But for much of Friday and Saturday, Afghans were happily surprised, stunned even, by how widely the truces had been embraced. (New York Times, 16 June, 2018)
9th June - 15th June
  • Hamid Karzai, former Afghan President is hopeful for permanent peace with Taliban. Hamid Karzai hailed the ceasefire agreement between Kabul and Taliban at DW Global Media Forum. (DW News, June 13, 2018)
  • Violence precedes Taliban ceasefire; 5 dead in Ghazni (Afghanistan Times, June 13, 2018)
1st June - 08th June
  • Afghanistan announces Eid ceasefire with Taliban until June 20
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on June 7 announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State. (World News, June 7, 2018)
  • Up to 60 percent of Afghan girls out of school: UNICEF report
    Despite efforts to improve girls' education in Afghanistan, just one in three currently attends school, UNICEF reports. (Aljazeera, June 3, 2018)
  • Afghan forces end ISIL attack on ministry in Kabul
    Interior ministry says all 10 attackers killed in Kabul following assault on its compound claimed by the ISIL group. (Aljazeera, May 30, 2018)
  • Afghan forces night raid kills civilians in Nangarhar
    At least nine people were killed after security forces raided homes in Charparhar district. (Aljazeera, 29 May 2018)
  • Taliban 'categorically reject' a statement by a US general about 'off stage' dialogue between Kabul and armed group. (Aljazeera, June 1, 2018)
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