Taliban rejects Ramadan ceasefire

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The Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire, and has attacked the Loya Jirga Traditional Council, which made the proposal.

The grand assembly is meeting in Kabul this week to discuss peace, and called for an immediate ceasefire between the government and militants.

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani agreed to a truce, provided it was not “one-sided”. However, the Taliban rejected the call and accused members of being government allies.

Last year, the Taliban agreed a three-day ceasefire coinciding with Eid at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It was their first ceasefire since the US-led invasion in 2001.

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