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Was Afghanistan's cease-fire underpinned by Ramadan?

Data shows lower levels of violence during fasting month

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | Mongolia, Central Asia, Afghanistan

LONDON -- The unprecedented cease-fire in Afghanistan at the end of June has been hailed as a huge step forward by many observers, and has potentially laid the groundwork for future peace talks.

Data compiled by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, shows that the decision to call for the truce during Ramadan may have been pivotal to its success.

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