Afghan Army Chief of Staff, General Sharif Yaftali (L) and Deputy Minister, General Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi (R) look on during a press conference in Kabul on June 7, 2018.(AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR)
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The United States intends to step up military operations against Daesh (ISIS) militants in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Friday.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced the first unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month. Nicholson said the ceasefire could free resources for operations against Daesh but some would remain to monitor the Taliban and for force protection.Nicholson said the ceasefire was "significant" because it was the first of its kind during the 17-year old war.
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