Taliban leaders may take Ramadan break, US military says

July 31, 2011 12:45

KABUL - The US military is waiting to see whether some Taliban leaders take a break during August for Ramadan, crossing over the border into Pakistan after several weeks of high profile attacks.

"There's an awful lot of discussion about the Taliban leadership leaving their fighters here, and particularly to go back across the border for Ramadan," Admiral Mike Mullen, the top US military officer, referring to talks he had with US commanders in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

"We'll see whether they do that or not," he told reporters traveling with him in Afghanistan.

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Monday in Afghanistan. It is a lunar month, but this year coincides almost exactly with the month of August on the Gregorian calendar used in most of the West.

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