Taliban declare Eid holiday ceasefire as Afghan violence soars

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    The #Taliban on Monday declared a three-day #ceasefire for this week’s #Eid al-Fitr holiday, following a sharp spike in #violence as Washington goes about withdrawing its remaining troops from #Afghanistan.

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