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

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

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.

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban in bid for peace

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban in bid for peace

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

Afghan peace talks close after Taliban prisoner release approved

Afghan peace talks close after Taliban prisoner release approved

The Afghan government and the Taliban are ‘on the verge’ of peace talks, after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, Kabul's lead negotiator said Sunday.

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

A ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan government appeared to hold for the third and final day on Sunday, with hundreds of militant prisoners released in a bid to bring peace talks closer.

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Friday

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Friday

Afghanistan's 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 accuses Afghan government of recapturing released prisoners

Taliban accuses Afghan government of recapturing released prisoners

The Taliban's Doha-based office accused the Afghan government late Saturday of recapturing previously released prisoners from its ranks.

Dozens wounded as Taliban bomb rocks Afghan intel office

Dozens wounded as Taliban bomb rocks Afghan intel office

A car bomb claimed by the Taliban exploded Monday near the offices of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in the north of the country, wounding dozens of people, officials said.

Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week: govt

Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week: govt

The Taliban have killed or wounded more than 400 Afghan security personnel over the past week, the interior ministry said Sunday, accusing the insurgents of increasing attacks ahead of expected peace talks.

Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners

Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners Tuesday, as a rare ceasefire by the insurgents entered its third and last day.

Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

A surprise Taliban ceasefire appeared Monday to be holding for a second day, as authorities planned to release up to 2,000 insurgents held by security forces.

Afghan president vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners

Afghan president vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed Sunday to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners after welcoming a surprise offer by the insurgents of a three-day ceasefire during the Eid holiday.

Qatar, US facilitate talks on Taliban prisoners' release

Qatar, US facilitate talks on Taliban prisoners' release

Qatar and the US have facilitated the first direct technical talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement on the release of prisoners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Sunday.