Afghans march cross-country for peace

Afghan peace activists arrived in Kabul June 18 after trekking some 700 kilometers on foot to call for an end to Afghanistan’s¬†long internal war. The Helmand Peace Convoy reached the national capital¬†after traveling for almost 40 days from¬†Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.¬†It began with a group of nine men and picked up around 40 supporters during the journey. The arrival¬†in Kabul followed¬†a three-day ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday that ends the holy month of Ramadan. The Kabul government extended its ceasefire by 10 days, but the Taliban said that they would resume their attacks. (RFE/RL, TOLO News)

Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, saw¬†suicide blasts both June 16 and 17, leaving a collective more than 50 dead. The second targeted a crowd of Taliban fighters, local elders and civilians leaving the governor’s¬†compound after attending a special event for Eid.¬†al-Fitr. Although no group claimed responsibility, the blasts were likely the work of ISIS, which has emerged as a rival to the Taliban in Afghanistan.¬†(AFP, Radio Australia)

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