NATO to halt Afghan operations for Peace Day

September 20, 2008 12:48

NATO's top general in Afghanistan has ordered all international troops in the country to halt offensive operations Sunday in honor of a UN-backed day of peace. Even the Taliban is pledging to lay down their weapons for a day. The order follows an announcement from President Hamid Karzai that Afghan troops will observe Peace Day by not taking part in any offensive operations. He also called on armed militant groups to observe the day and "stop destroying their country." "I advised Afghan troops that they should respect this holy Peace Day, and they shouldn't conduct any operation or fire unless they come under attack," Karzai said in a statement Friday. "I advised the same thing to the international forces." NATO said its 48,000 troops will continue to guard personnel and military outposts but will not engage in offensive operations from midnight Saturday until midnight Sunday.

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