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Afghan President Agrees To Release Taliban Prisoners On Advice Of Loya Jirga

Afghan President Agrees To Release Taliban Prisoners On Advice Of Loya Jirga

11 Hour Radio Free Europe Radio Free Europe

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, addressing a grand assembly of elders known as the Loya Jirga in Kabul on August 9, said that he will approve the release of 400 jailed Taliban militants in the final part of a prisoner swap meant to clear the way for the start of intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. Ghani announced his intention to release the militants shortly after the move was recommended by 3,400 prominent Afghans at a three-day Loya Jirga in the Afghan capital.

Battle At An Afghan Jail Holding Islamic State Prisoners

Battle At An Afghan Jail Holding Islamic State Prisoners

03 Aug 2020 Radio Free Europe Radio Free Europe

At least 29 people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a battle at a prison holding Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, after a deadly attack by gunmen. In addition, the authorities said 10 insurgents were killed. Some prisoners escaped, although a number were recaptured.