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Afghan government frees 100 Taliban prisoners as part of peace process

Reuters Wednesday, 8 April 2020
The Afghan government freed 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group's suspension of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to formal talks to end years of war.
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The latest move comes a day after the Taliban walks out of talks, accusing Kabul of delaying the release of prisoners.

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