FIRST AIRED: June 17, 2018

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> They would normally be exchanging fire, instead this soldier and this Taliban fighter exchanged hugs at the weekend, amid an Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan.>>
FOREIGN]
> We are glad to be here with the Afghan soldiers, our hope is peace and the end of fighting in Afghanistan.>> Taliban militants headed into cities across the country to celebrate the cease fire that coincided with the end of the month long Ramadan fasting season.
00:00:27
But there are concerns about what happens when the party end. Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, won praise at home and abroad for extending a government cease fire on Saturday, and urging the Taliban to do the same. But critics say his overtures have allowed militants to pour into cities unchecked.
00:00:47
Meanwhile, the Taliban said on Sunday they have no intention of extending the ceasefire, and that it's business as usual on Monday. Its members were expects to have left government controlled areas by sunset. But one Western diplomat said nobody has any clue how many Taliban militants are now hiding in civilian areas.
00:01:07
And even amid this relative calm the violence continued. A suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad killed at least 18 people on Sunday, with no group claiming immediate responsibility. That follows 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.