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Afghan government releases 80 of final 400 Taliban prisoners

8:51am EDT

KABUL 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. | Video

Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Aug 10 2020

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree to release a final batch of "hardcore" Taliban prisoners demanded by the militants, sources told Reuters, paving the way for long-awaited peace talks to begin in Qatar.

Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners in bid for peace

Aug 09 2020

KABUL The Afghan government agreed on Sunday to release 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war. | Video

Afghan war victims say hope for peace comes at a price: forgiveness

Aug 09 2020

KABUL/GERDAW VILLAGE, Afghanistan - At the age of 17, Mohammed Jafar married three women, widows of his three brothers killed in a suicide bombing in 2016 in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, as he decided to make peace with the diktats of local Pasthun tribal elders.

Afghan war victims say hope for peace comes at a price: forgiveness

Aug 09 2020

KABUL/GERDAW VILLAGE, Afghanistan - At the age of 17, Mohammed Jafar married three women, widows of his three brothers killed in a suicide bombing in 2016 in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, as he decided to make peace with the diktats of local Pasthun tribal elders.

At least 17 participants of Afghan grand assembly positive for coronavirus

Aug 08 2020

KABUL At least 17 participants of a major Afghan grand assembly tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, a day after the high-profile gathering began in Kabul to deliberate over the fate of Taliban prisoners and the beginning of the peace process in the war-torn country.

Hundreds of prisoners flee before Afghan forces end Islamic State jail siege

Aug 03 2020

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Afghan security forces on Monday killed at least 10 Islamic State fighters who had taken control of a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad, ending a siege in which hundreds of prisoners escaped. | Video

Afghanistan and Pakistan say 22 die in border clashes

Jul 31 2020

KABUL/QUETTA, Pakistan Afghanistan accused Pakistan on Friday of killing 15 civilians during clashes at a border crossing where crowds were jostling to cross for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan for Eid al-Adha, starting Friday

Jul 28 2020

KABUL Afghanistan's Islamist Taliban militants announced on Tuesday that they will observe a three-day ceasefire for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, starting Friday, offering some respite from weeks of increasing violence.

Taliban push to control private companies, aid agencies in Afghanistan

Jul 27 2020

KABUL The Taliban wants all private companies and aid organisations operating in Afghanistan to register with the hardline Islamists, officials from the group said.

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