Taliban Leaders Declare a Halt to Bombings in Civilian Areas

Source: The New York Times

By Rod Nordland and Jawad Sukhanyar


KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents are refraining from attacking Afghan civilians for the first time in many years, according to Afghan officials and the insurgents themselves.


The change in tactics started after a Taliban cease-fire expired on June 17, and came after a six-month period that the United Nations said had been the deadliest yet for Afghan civilians.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location that the insurgents had been ordered to stop suicide attacks in cities that might cause civilian casualties.

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Categories: Afghanistan, Asia, Taliban

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