The Taliban has declared a rare cease-fire in Afghanistan for a Muslim holiday this week, in a move that could renew momentum for talks with the Afghan government.
The negotiations are meant to end the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan and give the Taliban a role in governing the country.
In an online English statement on Tuesday, the Taliban said it will “halt offensive operations against enemy forces during the three days and nights” of Eid al-Adha, which begins Thursday.
The government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said it would observe the cease-fire. Ghani also said he would soon free hundreds of Taliban prisoners as part of a prisoner exchange, and that direct negotiations with the insurgents could start “in a week’s time.”