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Al Jazeera 9 Aug 2020

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.

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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.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expects negotiations between Afghanistan's warring parties to be "contentious," but they are the best way of finding peace.
It has been 19 years since the September 11 attacks in the United States.
Almost 3,000 people were killed, and the lives of many more were changed forever.
Memorials have been held across the country.
And this year, crowds were limited for the first time due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports.

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