Afghanistan: Taliban in “defence status” during Eid holiday

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“The Taliban said Wednesday they would fight only to defend themselves over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, but stopped short of declaring a formal ceasefire. The militants are waging sweeping offensives across Afghanistan, snapping up territory, seizing border crossings and encircling cities, with the withdrawal of foreign troops all but complete. ‘I can confirm we are in defence status during Eid,’ a spokesman for the Taliban told AFP, without offering further details. Eid al-Adha is one of the biggest festivals on the Muslim calendar, and sees livestock sacrificed to share with the less privileged. In Afghanistan, celebrations started this Monday and will run to the end of Friday.” (07/21/21)