As Afghan Ceasefire Takes Hold, Locals Hope for Peace Deal

Eid al-Fitr ceasefire officially began at midnight

At midnight Wednesday night, the ceasefire in Afghanistan took effect. Both the Taliban and Afghan government have agreed to a three-day truce for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and signs are that the ceasefire is holding for now.

The Eid holiday marks the end of Ramadan, and locals are welcoming the ceasefire that is coming along with it, urging both sides to get together and negotiate a permanent truce while the opportunity presents itself.

The Afghan government has formalized that offer in recent days, and while in the past Eid ceasefires were not extended, the calls for a permanent ceasefire have been growing so much lately that this might be a good time to formalize it.

The ceasefire as it is will probably serve as a test, and so long as it holds (signs are that it will), this may be an opportune time to step ahead on the truce and the peace process.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.