Afghan security officials with a group of suspected militants in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Afghanistan to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners if violence eases, paving way for peace talks

  • First 1,500 will be freed on Saturday as ‘gesture of goodwill’, according to President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman
  • Release of prisoners had been major sticking point in negotiations between insurgents and government
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Afghan security officials with a group of suspected militants in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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