Taliban leaders announced on Tuesday, July 28, that the group will observe a three-day ceasefire across Afghanistan from Friday, July 31, to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday. The announcement, made via the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on social media, stated that fighters should refrain from any offensive operations during the ceasefire. However, Mujahid stated that Taliban fighters will take defensive action if attacked. The move was welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani, according to his spokesman. Previous Taliban ceasefires during Eid al-Fitr in May this year and June 2018 were reciprocated by the government and international security forces, and offensive operations are likely to be suspended during the truce.
Militant attacks and security operations in areas with a significant Taliban presence are likely to be reduced during the Eid al-Adha ceasefire. However, there is a realistic possibility that other groups not bound by the ceasefire may use the truce to stage terrorist attacks, including in major urban centers.
Taliban leaders previously declared a three-day ceasefire to mark Eid al-Fitr in May 2020, with the truce being widely respected by the group's fighters and security forces across the country.
Those in Afghanistan are advised to remain vigilant during the ceasefire and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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