On Eve of Peace, Taliban Tells Fighters to Avoid Enemy Areas

Taliban told to immediately start implementing deal

A reduction of violence deal signed by the US and Taliban negotiators went into effect on Friday, and is a final week before the peace deal is properly signed upon, ending 19 years of war in Afghanistan.

The Taliban is understandably interested in seeing that deal remain intact, and has ordered their fighters to adopt a self-defense mode, and stop any attempts to engage in offensive operations across the country.

The statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also tells Taliban fighters that they must strictly avoid going into enemy territory. Clearly they don’t want to risk kicking off any fights to risk the deal.

That’s not entirely impossible to imagine. The US has withdrawn from Taliban talks before for incidents that were ultimately fairly minor, and if the Trump Administration changes its mind, it wouldn’t be too hard to provoke an exchange as an excuse to back out.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.