United States forces have destroyed 40 Humvees captured by Taliban since 2015

Ghani said that fighting against other armed groups such as ISIL will continue

Ghani said that fighting against other armed groups such as ISIL will continue

However, Ghani explained that government security forces will continue to target Islamic State and "other foreign backed" terrorist organizations in Afghanistan.

"(Operations against ISIS) will continue, in fact will be even intensified during this period of ceasefire as we focus on ISIS", U.S. Army General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and global forces in Afghanistan, told reporters.

The ceasefire announcement was warmly welcomed by major allies of Afghanistan, but Taliban spokesman has said the leaders of the group are discussing on the issue.

"With the cease-fire announcement, we epitomize the strength of the Afghan government and the will of the people to achieve a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict".

The administration has not said whether it would be willing to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, a key Taliban demand.

"President Ghani's peace offer was universally supported by the worldwide community and the ceasefire represents another bold initiative for peace and is for the benefit of all Afghans", Nicholson added.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the Taliban to join the cease-fire, saying that the militant group "will not win on the battlefield". The ceasefire excludes other militant groups such as Islamic State.

The statistics highlight a recurring problem: Taliban fighters have frequently attacked Afghan government outposts throughout the country, capturing USA -supplied equipment and then disappearing into the countryside.

Nicholson, however, credited Mr. Trump's policy with producing early signs that the Taliban might be considering peace talks.

Despite years of military pressure and, more recently, an expanded air campaign by the United States, the Taliban remains strong across Afghanistan and continues to inflict significant losses on the Afghan military.

Since 2005, the United States purchased 95,000 vehicles for the Afghan security forces, but the coalition command responsible for equipping the country's army and police could not account for the entire inventory, according to a Pentagon inspector general's report.

Ghani's statement referred to a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics on Monday in which they issued a decree against suicide attacks and called for peace talks.

He would not identify the figures involved in the negotiations, except to say that they included mid- and senior-level Taliban officials.

"There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan", it said.

She said the USA had asked for Pakistan's assistance in facilitating a peace process in Afghanistan and sought to understand Islamabad's core security concerns.

In this photograph taken on August 10, 2017, an Afghan commando instructor explains how to fire during live firing exercises at Camp Morehead on the outskirts of Kabul.

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