President Hamid Karzai urges the Tablian to end their campaign of violence during the Eid al-Fitr festival. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
--Audio as incoming -- An Honor Guard as Afghan President Hamid Karzai marks Eid al-Fitr. He wishes for peace at a time when the war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on civilians, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year. He wants the Taliban to put down their weapons. (SOUND BITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZAI SAYING: "I call on Taliban leaders to stop fighting in the country. Join the peace and live with pride and prosperity along with your brothers." U.S.-led forces are gradually withdrawing from the country after more than a decade of war contributing to deteriorating security, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.