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Big hugs as Afghan soldiers, Taliban celebrate unprecedented Eid ceasefire

2018-06-16 22:50
A suicide car bomber killed 26 people and wounded 41 in eastern Afghanistan on June 16. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier, the Taliban announced a surprise 3-day ceasefire over Eid, marking the end of Ramadan. ISIS did not sign on to the ceasefire. Soon after the blast, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he will extend the ceasefire. He also urged the Taliban to extend their truce, due to end June 17. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Ghani's offer. Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday: "The U.S. stands ready to work with the Afghan government, the Taliban and all the people of Afghanistan to reach a peace agreement and political settlement that brings a permanent end to this war."