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Afghan releases final 100 of 5,000 Taliban prisoners

Afghan officials report that they released the last 100 Taliban prisoners on the list to be released as per the February agreement with the US and the Taliban. The 100 are the most dangerous of 5,000 Taliban to be released.

Taliban and Afghan government agree to ceasefire over holiday

The Taliban and Afghan government have negotiated a three day ceasefire over the Eid al-Adha holiday this weekend according to an announcement Tuesday. The ceasefire was said to be part of negotiations between the government and the Taliban.

Op-Ed: Taliban attacks continue with no peace deal with the government

Pentagon officials claim the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan continues at a good pace. There are about 8,000 troops left. The US has also withdrawn from five bases as part of the agreement with the Taliban at the end of February.

Op-Ed: US already starts troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Only a week after the US and Taliban signed an Afghan peace deal the first few hundred US troops are rotating out of the country. Although the rotation was planned before the agreement the troops will not be replaced in accordance with the deal.

Taliban attack kills at least 15 at Afghan checkpoint

In the northern Balkh Province in Afghanistan on Tuesday Taliban forces attacked an Afghan government checkpoint. The attack killed at least 15 security forces according to Afghan government officials.

Op-Ed: U.S. turns down invitation to Russian meeting on Afghanistan

Moscow - Even though the U.S. was invited to a meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, it did not attend. The meeting in Moscow was aimed at facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Op-Ed: Afghan and coalition forces blow up arms cache killing civilians

Afghan officials said that they were investigating claims that at least nine civilians including six children had been killed during an operation by Afghan and coalition forces that blew up a Taliban weapons depot in southern Helmand Provice.

Taliban attack on Afghan city creates humanitarian catastrophe

Kunduz - On Monday Afghan forces slipped past defenses of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz and there have been street-to-street gun battles every since.

NATO allies to retain about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan in 20016

Kabul - NATO has decided to maintain a steady level of about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan during 2016. It also launched a campaign to fund 350,000 Afghan forces it hopes will be able eventually to secure Afghanistan against the Taliban.
 

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