Enemies in arms: Taliban militant, Afghan soldier dance amid shaky truce

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Social media users in Afghanistan have been circulating a video for captured on the second day of Eid al-Fitr holiday showing a Taliban militant dancing with an Afghan soldier to the tunes of Pashtun music in the background.

The video begins with one of the soldiers pointing a gun at the Taliban militant joking with him as he invites him to dance. They begin dancing together when another Afghan soldier joins them in applause, as the dancing soldier fires his gun in joy.


Both the Afghan government and the militants declared temporary ceasefires for the end-of-Ramadan Eid al-Fitr holiday, leading to fraternization between the two sides as militants emerged from their hideouts to enter towns and cities.

The government ceasefire did not include the ISIS militant group and the Taliban did not include US-led foreign forces in theirs.

President Ashraf Ghani said he would extend a government ceasefire on Saturday and urged the Taliban to do the same, garnering praise at home and international backing, but critics said such overtures have allowed the Taliban to pour into cities unchecked and win the upper hand.

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