Hugh Sykes is in Afghanistan...
....where, he writes: "there are rumours today of more attempts to talk to the Taleban. But the main event in Afghanistan today is Eid - three day holiday at the beginning of winter. If you don't like bloody sacrifice, don't scroll down.
Heavy cloud over freshly snow-capped mountains near Kabul.
A cordial welcome to Afghanistan from a soldier who asked to be photographed.
Waiting for a cab on a dusty Sunday evening at dusk in Kabul airport car park.
Part of the Eid celebration is sacrifice - cows or sheep. Here, a hole's been dug so that the blood from the cow's slit neck can nourish the roses.
Swift, expert butchery - the boys watch and learn.
Farewell to a sheep."