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World Afghan authorities begin release of 'dangerous' Taliban prisoners

09:50  14 august  2020
09:50  14 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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 Afghanistan: dozens of ISIS members on the run after the attack on a prison © Supplied by Le Point The Afghan authorities are looking on Tuesday for around 270 prisoners, most of them members of the Islamic State group (IS), on the run since the bloody attack on their prison in Jalalabad (east). At least 29 people, including civilians and prisoners, perished in the assault on the prison on Sunday by ISIS jihadists, with fighting that lasted until Monday afternoon.

The Afghan government began releasing the last 400 Taliban prisoners , paving the way for long-delayed peace talks between the two sides. On the weekend, an Afghan grand assembly of elders approved the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners accused of "major" crimes after authorities

The Afghan government said Friday they have begun the release of 400 Taliban prisoners , in an important step After the Doha agreement, Kabul released all but the last 400 Islamist prisoners , prompting the Taliban to allege that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was not interested in negotiations.

Afghan authorities on Friday said they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides, even as President Ashraf Ghani warned they were a "danger to the world".

a man and a woman standing on a sidewalk: A group of 80 Afghan government prisoners was released on Thursday, according to National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal © - A group of 80 Afghan government prisoners was released on Thursday, according to National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal a group of people standing around a table: The release of the 400 militants was approved at the weekend by a gathering of thousands of prominent Afghans © - The release of the 400 militants was approved at the weekend by a gathering of thousands of prominent Afghans

The Afghan government and the Taliban are set to meet within days of the prisoner release being completed, in a move that has drawn widespread condemnation after it emerged many of the inmates were involved in attacks that killed scores of Afghans and foreigners.

Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

  Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisoners Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisonersKABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of Afghan elders, community leaders and politicians gathered on Friday to debate government efforts to make peace with the Taliban, in particular the fate of 400 hard-core Taliban prisoners whose release could clear the way for talks.

The Taliban released a set of triumphant propaganda photos Wednesday showing fighters in Afghanistan released from prisons under the U.S.-brokered peace The Taliban said it would be willing to begin negotiating an end to the Afghan civil war within a week of the last prisoner release .

Afghanistan says it will release scores of prisoners regarded by the US as a security threat, saying there is insufficient evidence against them. Image caption Afghan authorities took over running Bagram jail in March last year. Afghanistan will release scores of prisoners considered by the US to

a man standing in front of a building: Security personnel stand guard at the prison where the Taliban prisoners to be released are being held © WAKIL KOHSAR Security personnel stand guard at the prison where the Taliban prisoners to be released are being held

A group of 80 prisoners was released on Thursday, said National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal, tweeting that it would "speed up efforts for direct talks and a lasting, nationwide ceasefire".

The peace talks will be held in Doha, Qatar.

The release of the 400 militants was approved at the weekend by a gathering of thousands of prominent Afghans called by Ghani after the authorities initially refused to free the militants.

The prisoners include some 44 insurgents of particular concern to the United States and other countries for their role in high-profile attacks, according to an official list seen by AFP.

Afghanistan. Peace talks will begin after an agreement on the release of 400 Taliban

 Afghanistan. Peace talks will begin after an agreement on the release of 400 Taliban © HANDOUT / AFP Afghan President Ashraf Ghan during a conference on Sunday August 9 in Kabul. Historic peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "about" to begin, the Afghan government announced on Sunday (August 9th) after the decision by a large assembly to release 400 Taliban prisoners guilty of serious crimes. "We are on the verge of (starting) peace negotiations " , assured Abdullah Abdullah, government official in charge of the talks.

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Afghan Taliban prisoners freed from Bagram Prison walk in Kabul, Afghanistan , Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The Afghan government freed hundreds of prisoners , its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this week he had lobbied for a former Afghan army soldier, who went rogue and killed three Australian colleagues, to stay in jail.

Ghani warned on Thursday that the hardened criminals were "likely to pose a danger both to us and to (America) and to the world".

"Until this issue, there was a consensus on the desirability of peace but not on the cost of it," Ghani said in a video conference organised by a US think tank.

"We have now paid the major instalment on cost and that means peace will have consequences," he added, noting that the release of "hardened criminals" and drug dealers was "likely to pose a danger both to us and to (America) and to the world".

A prisoner swap formed part of a deal signed by the Taliban and the United States in February, which saw Washington agree to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in return for a pledge from the insurgents to hold peace talks with the Afghan government.

Taliban Fast Facts

  Taliban Fast Facts Read Taliban Fast Facts on CNN and learn more about the Sunni Islamist organization operating primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan. © WikiLeaks starr taliban five freed for Bergdahl FactsReclusive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar led the Taliban from the mid-1990s until his death in 2013. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Taliban, in Pashto, is the plural of Talib, which means student.Most members are Pashtun, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan.

Afghan authorities said Thursday they have offered the Taliban a choice to submit a new list of 592 However, Afghan authorities have refused to release 592 Taliban prisoners who face serious criminal "They are too dangerous to be released ," a government official told AFP on Wednesday.

In our news wrap Tuesday, the government of Afghanistan began releasing Taliban prisoners , simultaneously urging the militant group to extend a three-day

The Afghan government was excluded from that deal.

The February deal had stipulated that Kabul release 5,000 militants in return for 1,000 Afghan government prisoners held by the insurgents.

While Kabul released the bulk of Taliban prisoners as agreed in the deal, it had baulked at freeing the final 400.

The "loya jirga" -- the traditional gathering of tribal elders and other prominent citizens called by Ghani at the weekend -- approved the release to pave the way for talks and a possible ceasefire.

They asked authorities to monitor the freed prisoners to ensure they did not return to the battlefield.

Ahead of the jirga, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had urged the gathering to release the prisoners, although he acknowledged the move was "unpopular".

The Taliban, meanwhile, has warned of possible attacks against the freed prisoners by extremists of Islamic State group in coordination with Afghanistan's spy agency.

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