The release of captured terrorists in Afghanistan

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The plans of the Afghan government to free the captive members of the radical Taliban movement were frustrated due to disagreements between the parties.

 This happened because of the different positions of the parties in terms of the number of Taliban to be released, as well as guarantees that those released would not immediately take up arms.  The government claims that initially it was planned to release only a part of the militants, then start negotiations, and only after – when the violence in the country has ceased – release the rest.

 “We are ready to start the process in accordance with how it is described in the presidential decree.  But we will not let anyone go if there is no guarantee that they will not return to hostilities, ”said Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Advisor to the Government of Afghanistan.

 The Taliban say that they did not agree on any additional conditions: according to the agreement that the movement signed in the United States, the authorities must release five thousand Taliban before the start of direct negotiations.  “Our position is very clear.  They should be released without any preconditions, as indicated in the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban, ”the representative of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahi, told.

 On March 10 the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree to pardon the Taliban prisoners and release them.  He assumed the initial release of 1.5 thousand people.

 On February 29, the United States and the Taliban made peace at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar.  On March 2, terrorists announced the resumption of hostilities against government fo

 The Taliban was formed in 1994 at the height of the civil war in Afghanistan.  In 1996-2001, the Taliban were in power in the country, and after the overthrow in 2001, they began a guerrilla war with government and NATO forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The United States introduced troops into Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.



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