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Afghanistan: Taliban & Gov’t Soldiers Celebrate Historic 3-Day Ceasefire over Eid

HeadlineJun 18, 2018

In Afghanistan, civilians celebrated an unprecedented 3-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban during the weekend’s Eid celebrations. It was the first nationwide lull in hostilities between the two parties since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Over the weekend, Taliban and government fighters celebrated the ceasefire and gathered for joint festivities marking the end of Ramadan. Despite the ceasefire, there were at least two suicide bombings by ISIS militants over the weekend, including a car bombing targeting a gathering of Taliban and Afghan soldiers in the eastern city of Nangarhar that killed 26 people. The Taliban said Sunday it will not extend the ceasefire.

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