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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In This Story: Afghanistan
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.