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Hundreds of Taliban Freed amidst Ongoing Ceasefire

Wednesday 27 May 2020

KABUL (Ruptly) — About 600 Taliban prisoners were released by the Afghan government from Bagram prison on Tuesday, the largest release since the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban earlier this year.

The release of the prisoners is part of a prisoner exchange that has allowed the Taliban to release some 300 government officials so far. The exchange is part of the peace agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban earlier this year.

The Afghan government sees the ongoing release of some 2,000 Taliban prisoners across the country as a “gesture of goodwill” in response to the Taliban’s announcement of a three-day cease-fire on Sunday, which coincides with Eid-e Fitr (عید فطر), a major Islamic holiday. According to government officials, the release also aims to encourage the Taliban to engage in new peace talks.


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