Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Afghanistan’s president has approved the release of a final batch of 400 Taliban prisoners. It’s part of a prisoner exchange agreed under a deal in February between the Taliban and the U.S. And it’s expected to clear the way for long-awaited peace talks in Qatar and a cease-fire. The process will bring the United States … Read more Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Taliban pledge Afghan peace talks after prisoner release completed

The fate of some 400 Taliban prisoners has been a crucial hurdle in launching peace talks between the two warring sides, which had committed to completing a prisoner exchange before negotiations could start. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe … Read more Taliban pledge Afghan peace talks after prisoner release completed

President Ghani to sign release of Taliban prisoners, peace talks expected soon

Long-awaited peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban could start in Qatar within a week. The Taliban has insisted that a final batch of prisoners must be freed first. President Ashraf Ghani is expected to sign a decree ordering their release today. The government accepted the advice from a grand assembly of elders … Read more President Ghani to sign release of Taliban prisoners, peace talks expected soon

Afghanistan prisoner deal: Taliban pledge talks after prisoner release completed

The Taliban said Monday they were ready for peace talks with the Afghan government, as authorities announced that the release of hundreds of militants accused of serious offences would begin in the next few days. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: … Read more Afghanistan prisoner deal: Taliban pledge talks after prisoner release completed

Afghanistan to free ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan agreed on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war. Among the 400 are Taliban members accused of major attacks against civilians and foreigners, including a 2017 truck bombing near the German embassy in Kabul that killed more than 150 – … Read more Afghanistan to free ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan to Release 400 Taliban Prisoners to Push Peace Talks

Afghanistan’s government will release hardened Taliban prisoners to clear the final hurdle for direct peace talks with the insurgent group and end the 19-year war. President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said he would accept the recommendation of the Loya Jirga, a grand national assembly of 3,400 influential members of society, which sought to free 400 Taliban prisoners … Read more Afghanistan to Release 400 Taliban Prisoners to Push Peace Talks

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. – Subscribe to our … Read more Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghan council approves release of 400 Taliban prisoners

The #Afghan grand council has agreed to release the remaining #Taliban prisoners. This paves the way for direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the militant group and may potentially end almost two decades of war. Sultan Faizy reports. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cctvnews-app/id922456579?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8 Download … Read more Afghan council approves release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to release 400 Taliban prisoners after an Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, passed a resolution to approve the move. Mushtaq Rahim is a Founding Member of Afghanistan Affairs Unit, an Afghan think tank. He joins us live from Kabul through Skype to discuss the latest updates … Read more Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release

Taliban flag unfurled in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

As if converting Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque hadn’t caused enough controversy, now there’s renewed anger over provocative footage showing Afghans unfurling a Taliban flag inside the iconic building. The Afghan government has called on Turkey to take action against what it called Taliban propaganda. Last month Turkey’s Council of State ruled that Hagia … Read more Taliban flag unfurled in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

Dozens killed in IS group raid on prison in Afghanistan

At least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said Monday, as the country waited to see if a government ceasefire with the Taliban would rupture after its formal expiration. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the … Read more Dozens killed in IS group raid on prison in Afghanistan

Muslims worldwide celebrate an Eid unlike any other

Muslims worldwide have begun celebrating the Eid al-Adha festival, with measures to protect against transmission of Covid-19. Afghanistan is marking the event with a three-day ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces. However, the truce was nearly derailed when a car bomb exploded in the country’s east, killing dozens of people. Subscribe to France 24 … Read more Muslims worldwide celebrate an Eid unlike any other

Pompeo Says He’s Talked to Russia About Threats to U.S. Troops

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world. Pompeo would not say whether he had specifically raised allegations that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops … Read more Pompeo Says He’s Talked to Russia About Threats to U.S. Troops

Trump would be ‘angry’ if Russian bounty reports were true

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday if U.S. intelligence reports that Russia paid Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan were true, he would be very angry about it. Trump told reporters he would respond appropriately if the reports were proven. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from … Read more Trump would be ‘angry’ if Russian bounty reports were true

Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Putin Talks

President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite having numerous phone calls as recently as last week. “I have never discussed it with him,” Trump told Axios in a video clip posted on Twitter Wednesday. Trump … Read more Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Putin Talks