Afghanistan strikes Taliban truce in remote area
Date of Publication : Monday 27 July 2009 07:25
KABUL - Afghanistan has struck a ceasefire deal with Taliban
insurgents in a remote province, a presidential spokesman said Monday, the first move of its kind amid an escalation of violence ahead of elections next month.
The truce was reached Saturday in northwestern Badghis province, near the border with Turkmenistan, spokesman Seyamak Herawi said. The government wanted to make similar deals with the Taliban
in other parts of the country in a bid to improve security for the August 20 presidential election, he said.