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Fighting resumes in southern Afghanistan as Eid ceasefire ends

Fighting between the Afghan government and Taliban militants has resumed in the south of the country following a three-day ceasefire.

Kabul, 16 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Fighting between the Afghan government and Taliban militants has resumed in the south of the country following a three-day ceasefire.

In a statement, the 215th army corps said that the country’s military had resumed their offensive operations in the south-west after the ceasefire, which ended on Saturday midnight.

Operations were re-launched in two districts of southern Helmand province as well as in the provincial capital Lashkargah city, the statement added.

To mark the Islamic Eid-ul Fitr holidays, Taliban militants announced a ceasefire from Thursday to Saturday. The government reciprocated, also issuing a call for a permanent ceasefire which the militants ignored.

The Taliban control or have a strong presence in over half of the country, and have threatened to bring down the internationally backed government by force.

The insurgent group intensified their attacks after the international forces began the official process of withdrawing from the country on May 1.

Afghanistan is in a state of uncertainty after US President Joe Biden announced that US troops will pull out from the country by September 11, 2021. NATO said it its troops would follow the US lead.

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