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Hugh Sykes is in Afghanistan...

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Eddie Mair | 15:31 UK time, Monday, 8 December 2008

....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."


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