Taliban And Afghan Government Declare Three-Day Ceasefire For Islamic Holiday

Eid al-Fitr is a major holiday on the Islamic calender, marking the end of a month's fasting.

Afghanistan will see a three-day pause in aggression between the Taliban and government forces, both groups have announced.

The truce has been declared to mark the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, which begins on Sunday.

The celebration marks the end of Ramadan, which sees Muslims fast for one month.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the Taliban's decision to temporarily stand down its fighters.

In turn, the country's recognised leader ordered the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to "defend only if attacked".

A Taliban statement had declared the group was committed to the peace deal, not seeking to monopolise power and promised to guarantee the rights of women and men under an Islamic system.

The US military in Afghanistan reiterated previous calls for a reduction in violence from all sides, to "allow the peace process to take hold”.

A conditional US peace deal with the Taliban signed in February was set to mark the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the Middle Eastern country. 

Violence resumed in the following weeks, following aggression from the Taliban in response to delayed prisoner releases.

A permanent ceasefire has been touted as Afghanistan’s best chance for peace after nearly four decades of war.

Cover image: Afghan security force members take part in a military operation against Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2019 (Picture: PA).