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uld Afghans be about to get a breather from scenes like this? Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June the 20th. It would give Afghans a little peace at least until the end of the Muslim fasting season. Attacks in Afghanistan have intensified during the holy month of Ramadan.
There was no immediate reaction from the Taliban and the deal excludes other militant groups, such as Islamic State. The decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics who declared a fatwa on attacks. The heavy security here, pulled in after a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, killed 14 people.
The bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the clerics' peace tent in Kabul. Not everyone agrees the cease fire is a good move. A former Army general has warned that a pause in fighting just gives the Taliban a chance to regroup.