Taliban agreeing to Afghan government's request for a ceasefire during Eid has sparked hopes for peace which were not possible one week earlier

After 17 years of incessant fighting, the Taliban agreed to the Afghan government’s request for a ceasefire and laid down their arms for a brief three days during the festival of Eid this year.

For most Afghans, who have never known peace in a country that has been in turmoil and conflict for a good part of the last four decades, this was a most unusual experience, not only because of the pause in the war, but also because a lot of Taliban fighters took this opportunity to enter the cities and towns they usually target.

In scenes never witnessed before, Afghan forces, politicians and civilians extended a warm welcome, synonymous with Afghan hospitality, to the Taliban fighters, who came to their towns unarmed.

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