Afghanistan’s surprise ceasefire celebrations raise hopes for peace – The Nation

KABUL – Extraordinary scenes of Afghan Taliban and security forces spontaneously celebrating a historic ceasefire showed many fighters on both sides are fed up with fighting, analysts say, raising hopes for peace in a country ravaged by war.

The jubilant response to the first truce between the Afghan government and the Taliban over the Eid holiday took many by surprise, although observers warn that an end to the nearly 17-year conflict is still a long way off.

“It is difficult to predict what the next move might be, but the spell has been broken,” Afghan political analyst Ghulam Sakhi Ehsani told AFP. “From all the photos and videos, it seems … Read More on The Nation