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FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. The Taliban are warning the Afghan government against any attacks on Taliban members who are to be freed from prison in the final prisoner release under a U.S.-Taliban deal. Shaheen said Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, that such attacks would jeopardize peace talks between the Taliban and the Kabul political leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban warn against attacks on freed prisoners going home

Aug. 11, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ahead of an upcoming release of Taliban detainees held in Afghan prisons, the insurgent group warned the government in Kabul on Tuesday against any attacks on those released, saying such incidents would jeopardize the peace talks. A Taliban spokesman told The Associated Press there have...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. The council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan's warring sides. (AP Photo)

Afghan council frees Taliban prisoners to set up peace talks

Aug. 9, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan's warring sides. The declaration calls for an immediate start to negotiations and a cease-fire. The...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Aug. 7, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019 file photo, delegates attend the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said a traditional consultative council or Loya Jirga will convene Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul’s residents are infected with the coronavirus. The Taliban have rejected any changes to the deal they signed in February with the U.S. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan council to decide whether Kabul releases 400 Taliban

Aug. 6, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan officials say a traditional consultative council will convene Friday to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul's residents are infected with the coronavirus. The...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Afghan security personnel take position on the top of a building where insurgents were hiding, in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing people in fighting overnight, a local official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

Aug. 3, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said...

Afghan troops kill senior Islamic State militant

Aug. 2, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's intelligence service said the country's special forces killed a high-ranking official with the local Islamic State group affiliate in an operation in eastern Afghanistan. A statement late Saturday by the National Directorate of Security said the slain militant was...

Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fired a barrage of rockets across its southwestern border, killing nine people and wounding 50 in an Afghan frontier town, Afghan officials said Friday. Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first and blamed them for the previous night's exchange. The shooting that led...

FILE - In this March, 1, 2020, file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday, July 31, 2020 of an early start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to Afghanistan’s years of relentless war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan president: 400 Taliban prisoners to remain in custody

Jul. 31, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday for a start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad is heading back to the region in efforts to jump-start negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The trip comes as the Taliban offered a conciliatory message ahead of major Muslim holiday. The Taliban leader says they do not seek to monopolize power in a future political makeup of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban to halt military operations over 3-day Eid holiday

Jul. 29, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced they won't carry out military operations in Afghanistan for three days during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha that starts this weekend. In a statement Tuesday promising a brief respite to the fighting, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said commanders have been...