UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The president of Afghanistan ordered a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban.
Ashraf Ghani said Thursday, June 7, that security forces would stop fighting Afghan insurgents between June 12 and June 21.
This is the time Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.
Ghani said the ceasefire excluded the Islamic State, Al Qaida and other international networks.
The decision came after a meeting with Islamic clerics who declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings.
A suicide bomb attack claimed by IS killed 14 people at the cleric’s peace tent in Kabul last week.
The Taliban has not yet said whether it planned to abide by the temporary peace order.
Ghani said the ceasefire was an opportunity for the Taliban to “introspect that their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds.”
For United News International, I’m Cambrie Caldwell.