Afghan conflict: First Taliban launch attack since Eid truce

US Army Lieutenant General Austin Miller

Taliban terrorists killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday.

Miller acknowledged that Pakistan has made "many sacrifices" and "its security forces have fought bravely", but said, "We have not yet seen these counterterrorism efforts against anti-Pakistan militants translate into definitive actions against Afghan Taliban or Haqqani leaders residing in Pakistan".

Abdullah issued a statement to welcome the arrival of Helmand peace convoy to Kabul and said the government supports the peace convoy and is prepared to positively respond to the demands of the peace activists.

"We should have high expectations that they [Pakistan] are part of the solution, not just diplomatically but from a security standpoint as well", he said, as reported by Bloomberg.

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"Ghani has done his bit", said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank.

"It is now for the U.S. to cut through this blockade", he said, although that would be a departure from United States policy that talks to end the 17-year-old war must be wholly Afghan-led.

President Ashraf Ghani extended his unilateral ceasefire, initially due to end on Wednesday, by 10 days.

The Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah has called on the leadership council of the Taliban group to respect the will of the nation and start peace talks with government in a bid to end the ongoing violence.


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