The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with Afghan government forces coinciding with Eid later this month, days after a unilateral ceasefire was ordered by the government.
It is the Taliban’s first ceasefire since the government they ran was toppled by the 2001 US-led invasion.
The Taliban said it would stop all offensive opurrations during the holiday, except against foreign forces.
The hardline Islamic Taliban movement swept to power in Afghanistan in 1996 after the civil war which followed the Soviet-Afghan war, and was ousted by the US-led invasion five years later
In power, they imposed a brutal version of Sharia law, such as public executions and amputations, and banned women from public life.