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Taliban Answers Afghanistan's Cease-Fire Offer With Ambush, Abductions

Since a brief truce in June, attacks by the militant group have left hundreds of people dead. President Ashraf Ghani is angling for a new peace deal, but the Taliban hasn't taken him up on it.

President Ashraf Ghani marked the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan's independence on Sunday by offering some hope for a "long lasting and real peace." The proposal: Beginning Monday, Afghanistan would honor a three-month truce with the Taliban to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, "provided that the Taliban reciprocate."

"We urge them to. "The Afghan government has removed all obstacles for a long lasting peace through these unprecedented steps."

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