facebook
twitter
search
search

Cease-fire in western Afghanistan

Aug. 17, 2004 at 6:22 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Afghan government Tuesday announced a cease-fire in the western Herat province where dozens have been killed in clashes among rival militias.

The cease-fire became effective after 4 p.m. local time, said an official statement issued in Kabul.

Those violating the cease-fire will be severely dealt with, the government warned. The Afghan national army and national police were deployed to enforce the cease-fire.

"The president (Hamid Karzai) assures the people of Herat that the army and the national police will protect their lives and property and will not allow any one to harm the people," said the statement issued by his office.

Earlier reports from the area said U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed the forces of an Afghan warlord near Heart.

The coalition bombs targeted the troops of Amanullah Khan, whose forces have been fighting Herat's governor, Ismail Khan.

The Karzai government is backing Ismail in the conflict and earlier this week government forces recaptured an airbase near Herat that had fallen to rebel forces.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts