Local Afghan Ceasefire Collapses; Elders Blame Taliban

Fighting reported at multiple checkpoints

The local ceasefire in Afghanistan’s Laghman Province was reason to be hopeful, with suggestions the model could be replicated. It has already collapsed, however, with elders blaming the Taliban and promising to hold them guilty forever.

This came after reports of fighting at checkpoints, though specifics still aren’t clear, beyond that the ceasefire itself is ended. The Taliban are also claimed to have captured a nearby district.

This area of ceasefire was mostly farms, where the deal was meant to make it safer for farmers to complete the wheat harvest. It was also timed to let students in the area safely attend school exams, important since the school at other times is a site for fighting. 

Despite fighting between combatants, its not clear if the civilians got mixed up in anything, or if everything just centered on checkpoints.

Author: Jason Ditz

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