Afghan Taliban fighters roamed around the cities across Afghanistan during the three-day armistice and celebrated the Eid festival with Afghan soldiers and civilians. During the feasts, Taliban insurgents and Afghan security forces were seen hugging and taking selfies, which reportedly angered some senior leaders of the group, but later was played down. Zabihullah Ghazi in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, and Mohammad Habibzada in Washington report.
Suham Usuf is a mother of three who lost her husband and a leg during an airstrike on Old Mosul in June 2017. Despite the difficulty of life as a disabled person in Mosul, she is grieving for her 20-year-old son, who has been missing since he was kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2014. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports from Mosul, Iraq.
A group of residents in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province - who began a sit-in this past April, and later embarked on a march to spread the message of peace - arrived Monday in the capital city of Kabul. Dozens of men, known as the Helmand Peace Convoy, marched more than 600 kilometers on foot and entered Kabul chanting, “Enough war - we want peace.” Jalal Mirzad and Mohammad Habibzada report.
Almost a year after Islamic State militants were ousted from Mosul, the lives of most women are shaped by the memory of slain family members and destroyed homes in a city struggling to return to normalcy. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports.
An attack by a suicide bomber killed 19 people and injured 65 others in eastern Afghanistan. Most of the victims are believed to be civilians celebrating the cease-fire between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The deadly attack in Jalalabad city happened on the third and final day of the Taliban armistice. After the attack, the Afghan government, however, called for a 10-day extension of the cease-fire, but the Taliban said they would not agree to it. Zia Urrahman reports.