Taliban order halt to attacks in Afghanistan ahead of US agreement

Updated February 29, 2020

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Afghan children buy balloons as they celebrate in anticipation of the US-Taliban agreement to allow a US troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, February 28. — Reuters
Afghan children buy balloons as they celebrate in anticipation of the US-Taliban agreement to allow a US troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, February 28. — Reuters

The Taliban ordered all their fighters “to refrain from any kind of attack” on Saturday ahead of the signing of an agreement with the US diplomats aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan.

“Today all the Taliban fighters are ordered to refrain from any kind of attack ... for the happiness of the nation,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban told Reuters.

“The biggest thing is that we hope the US remain committed to their promises during the negotiation and peace deal,” he said, adding that foreign forces' aircraft were flying over Taliban territory which was “irritating and provocative”.