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Afghanistan Announces Eid Holiday Ceasefire With Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni.

It was not immediately clear whether the Taliban had accepted Ghani's call for a truce during Eid, which officially begins tomorrow.

At least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians were killed in a five-day siege in the strategically important city of Ghazni, after intense battle between the Taliban and afghan forces to control the area.

Ghani's ceasefire announcement was limited to the Taliban and excluded other militant groups such as Islamic State.