Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan’s president is backing the release of 400 Taliban prisoners.
Ashraf Ghani made his decision after the Loya Jirga consultative body approved freeing the so-called ‘hardcore’ prisoners.
Their release has been a pre-condition for the armed group to hold peace talks with the government.
Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid has more.

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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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