The three day surprise and the unprecedented Eid-al-Fitar  truce (15-17 June, 2018) between the Afghan government and the Taliban was welcomed locally and internationally. The truce was offered by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the condemnation of extremism and violence by religious scholars and clerics in Jakarta and Kabul. It was for the first time in the last 17 years that Afghans have celebrated the occasion with joy and without fears of war and violence. The Taliban fighters without fright of arrest or detention entered the cities, villages and towns to offer Eid-Prayers and met their fellow countrymen and family members. The internet and local media have captured scenes of Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters embracing each other. The truce was welcomed with the hope that this might be the first important step towards a long enduring path of peace in the country.
Autor: Ahmad Aakhunzzada
Ahmad Noor Aakhunzzada is a senior researcher in the Intrastate Conflict department at PRIF. In his research, he focuses on i.a. terrorism and islamist radicalization.