>> 16 years of constant violence in Afghanistan, and now a glimmer of hope. The Taliban have called a three-day ceasefire for the Eid holiday. A surprise announcement, and the first of it's kind from the militant Islamists. It comes after President Ashraf Ghani ordered his forces to stand down, in a similar unconditional cease fire that will carry until June 20.
The question now is, can it hold? News travels slowly in the remote corners of Afghanistan. And less than 24 hours before the announcement, the Taliban attacked several government outposts, reportedly killing 17 soldiers. The militants also said that foreign troops would not be included in this new ceasefire such as NATO forces.
Meanwhile, the government's cease fire doesn't extend to other militant groups like Islamic State. This suicide bombing on Monday claimed by Islamic State, killed 14 at a meeting of Muslim religious leaders, where the clerics declared a holy order against suicide bombings. President Ghani has proposed legitimizing the Taliban as a political entity, and releasing prisoners in a effort to bring them closer to ending the conflict.