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Afghan government releases 80 of final 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghan government releases 80 of final 400 Taliban prisoners

8/14/2020 10:50:00 AM

Afghan government releases 80 of final 400 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government has begun releasing the last Taliban prisoners from a final batch of 400 who the militants want freed before they agree to start peace negotiations, a security agency spokesman said on Friday.

“The government ... yesterday released 80 Taliban convicts out of the 400 that the Consultative Loya Jirga sanctioned for release to speed up efforts for direct talks and a lasting, nationwide ceasefire,” said Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council.

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He did not say when the remaining 320 would be set free.Disagreement over the release of the prisoners, who include some of those accused in connection with some of Afghanistan’s bloodiest attacks, has delayed negotiations for months as the United States withdraws troops under a deal signed with the Taliban in February.

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday issued a decree to release the final batch of prisoners.The Taliban did not immediately respond to request for comment. They have previously said they would sit down for peace talks with the U.S.-backed government in Qatar within a week of the release of the last of the prisoners.

The Taliban have always refused to talk to the government, dismissing it as a U.S. “puppet”.But they agreed to power-sharing talks under the deal struck with the United States, on the withdrawal of its troops in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, additional reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Robert Birsel Read more: Reuters Top News »

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napoleontheONE big mistake! See you in the UK after your channel crossing Nature of killing in history. Time has stopped all the 20thousand years. So proud of our troops but now let’s get the hell out of there... wonder how the Poppyfields are? Supplying heroin to China to import into the US 🇺🇸 and the world 🌎 this war is cost us too much American treasure. Afghanistan is a hell hole.💀

Basically we went to war for Basically 2 decades costing the tax payers trillions to remove the taliban only for the coalition forces to leave and put the taliban in charge again,,,,, okaayy Afagani Human history becomes more and more a race between terror and catastrophe. There goes their leverage. See you all soon 👍

Get USA out Bad move WILL THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN MORE? OR....... Isso vai dar merda Heading to France so the crooked frogs (French) can buy them a boat and escort it to England How long before the frogs (French) let them across the English channel This is going to be a big mistake What a great photo. Love the roses in the background.

History has a cruel trait of repeating itself. But no-one would have thought that it would repeat in less than 30 years. Hoping against hope that Ghani doesn't become another Najibullah. For a president that loves to showboat 'unlike anything the world has seen,' (think Mt. Rushmore 4th of July), he's keeping his dentures closed tight.

On a dinghy near you soon ! When will they take up arms again?

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