Government Says Afghanistan Ceasefire Could Hold, Taliban in Kabul for Prisoner Release Talks

Small clash reported at northern checkpoint, but violence is still down

The three-day Afghanistan ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr came to an end on Thursday, with reports of a handful of skirmishes, including a Taliban attack on checkpoints in Parwan Province. Despite this, Afghan officials say violence is still down substantially, so in many ways the truce is still holding.

Hopes for more diplomacy seem to be alive as well, with the Taliban sending a negotiation team to Kabul to continue discussing prisoner releases. The Afghan government released a lot of prisoners during the ceasefire.

Making deals on prisoner release would be a huge goal for the Taliban, and with the Ghani government wanting to keep a truce roughly in place, this is a good chance for a mutually beneficial exchange.

The three-day ceasefire was a good step toward showing everyone in Afghanistan that a peace process was possible, and while the deadline expired, there is plenty of room to keep the making gains toward a peace deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.