Taliban announces first cease-fire against Afghan forces for Eid al-Fitr

June 9 (UPI) — The Taliban announced Saturday its first cease-fire against Afghan forces since the war began in 2001 to observe the three-day Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. The holiday starts in mid-June, but since the time depends on the lunar cycle the timing could change based on crescent moon sightings. The festival lasts up to three days.

For the festival, Taliban fighters “are instructed to stop their offensive operations against domestic opposition,” the militant group said in a statement to the

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