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Exclusive: Afghan government to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks, a decree shows

Reuters Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is set to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days to pave the way for direct talks with the hardline insurgent group that are aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan, according to a copy of the decree seen by Reuters.
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