> While the Taliban cease fire ended on Sunday, Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, won praise at home and abroad for extending the government cease fire by a further ten days.
And the group deliberately chose dangerous areas to try and confront people's fear.>> I've joined this peace caravan in Kandahar, and our aim is peace. We want to have peace in our country.>> They say in one area, they even met Taliban fighters, who seemed tired of it all and the war.
Their arrival in Kabul coincided with an cease fire, which saw Taliban fighters exchanging hugs and selfies with soldiers in the street.>>
But critics say his overtures have allowed militants to pour into cities unchecked. While the Taliban claims to have withdrawn, they had roamed at will in government controlled areas for three days. In a statement, the group said the ceasefire proved the unity of their movement and its wide national support.
But even amid this relative calm, the violence continued. A suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad killed at least 18 people on Sunday. No group claimed immediate responsibility. That followed a car bomb exploding on Saturday at a gathering of the Taliban and Afghan armed forces. 36 people died in that attack, which was claimed by Islamic State, which wasn't involved with the cease fire.