18 Jun '18, 2pm

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on 'internal puppets' | FDD's Long War Journal

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. The “internal puppets” include the Afghan security forces. The Taliban has consistently argued the government is illegitimate. A unilateral ceasefire was first proposed by the Afghan Ulema Council (AUC), a religious body of up to 3,000 figures from throughout Afghanistan who support the government, earlier this month. President Ashraf Ghani then declared a one-sided ceasefire on June 7, hoping that the Taliban would follow suit. Ghani’s move was widely supported by NATO and the US government, including the US military and State Department, as part of...

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