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Dual Cease-Fires Met with Hugs Between Taliban and Afghan Soldiers

Dual Cease-Fires Met with Hugs Between Taliban and Afghan Soldiers by J.P. Lawrence and Chad Garland - Stars & Stripes

PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan - The first day of the Eid holiday in eastern Afghanistan brought a strange sight - presumed Taliban fighters walking up to Afghan soldiers at checkpoints and taking selfies with them.

Dozens of armed men believed to be Taliban walked freely through the bazaar in the capital of Logar province on Friday.

Similar gatherings were reported throughout the country and continued into the second day on Saturday. In Logar, young men piled atop an Afghan Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles waving both the Afghan and Taliban flags.

The jihadists appeared to be enjoying the mutual cease-fires declared last week by the Afghan government and Taliban leadership…

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