Taliban orders halt to attacks in Afghanistan ahead of U.S. agreement

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The Taliban ordered all its fighters “to refrain from any kind of attack” on Saturday ahead of the signing of an agreement with the U.S. diplomats aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan.

“Today all the Taliban fighters are ordered to refrain from any kind of attack … for the happiness of the nation,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban told Reuters.

“The biggest thing is that we hope the U.S. remain committed to their promises during the negotiation and peace deal,” he said, adding that foreign forces’ aircraft were flying over Taliban territory which was “irritating and provocative.”

The US and the Taliban are set to sign an agreement on Saturday to end the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan.

The stage is set in Doha for the signing ceremony of a much-anticipated US-Taliban deal. The agreement will be inked on Saturday, with high-ranking US officials, Taliban negotiators and delegates from various countries likely to participate in the historic event.

It is in Doha, the capital of Qatar, that US and Taliban negotiators have held several rounds of talks.

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