Night curfew lifted in Kandahar after 23 years

The US army said on Sunday that Afghan authorities had lifted a night curfew in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar for the first time since 1979.

The US army said on Sunday that Afghan authorities had lifted a night curfew in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar for the first time since 1979.
U.S. army spokesman Bryan Hilferty told reporters at the allied headquarters inside Bagram, north of the capital Kabul, that the end of the curfew in the southern town was a sign of "continuing progress".

Most of war-ravaged Afghanistan had been under dusk-to-dawn curfew since the Soviet invasion in 1979.

The night curfew remained in Kandahar even after the Soviet occupation was ended by the mujahideen, who were later ousted by the hardline Taliban.

Bureau Report

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