Taliban Set to Release 20 Afghan Government Prisoners

The Taliban is set to release 20 Afghan government prisoners in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar – the first handover by the armed group since the beginning of a peace process.
“Today, 20 prisoners of the Kabul administration will be released,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter, adding that the group would be handed over to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The announcement follows a string of releases of Taliban prisoners by the Afghan government and came after the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leaders to discuss a reduction in violence in the war-weary country.

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