Taliban Blamed for Deadly Attack Following Eid Ceasefire
Taliban fighters pose in Afghanistan's Farah province. (Courtesy)

Taliban Blamed for Deadly Attack Following Eid Ceasefire

Seven Afghan soldiers were reportedly killed in a Taliban-attributed attack in the northern Parwan Province, in the first deadly incident since the end of a three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Kabul had called on the Taliban to extend the truce so that long-elusive peace talks aimed at ending the conflict could begin. During the ceasefire, Afghan authorities released about 1,000 Taliban prisoners in a confidence-building measure. The Taliban was, in turn, supposed to release about 50 members of the Afghan security forces being held captive. The exchange is part of a February 29 US-Taliban agreement that also called for Washington to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan from about 13,000 to 8,600 troops by mid-July – a target reached ahead of schedule earlier this week – before a complete withdrawal by May 2021.

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