Afghans have welcomed the exchange of prisoners between the government and the Taliban outfit as a step towards initiating intra-Afghan talks to find negotiated solution to the country's prolonged war.
A day after releasing 100 Taliban prisoners, the Afghan government on Thursday said it would free another 100 – even though the insurgents have walked out of talks over a wider prisoner swap and described the piecemeal release of captives as “unacceptable,” according to reports.
Taliban insurgents have killed 27 members of the Afghan security forces, police and government officials said on Monday, as a peace effort brokered by the United States struggles to get off the ground.
India's Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday strongly condemned the suicide attack on a shrine belonging to the Sikh community in Afghanistan's Kabul, which took a few human lives and injured many others.
Six Afghan police and eight insurgents were killed in fierce clashes following a Taliban's attack on a security checkpoint in the country's southern Uruzgan province overnight, local police said Wednesday.
A week-long, partial truce came into effect across Afghanistan on Saturday, with jubilant civilians celebrating in the streets to mark a potentially historic turning point in the war, even as isolated attacks threatened to undermine the process.
A United Nations report says Afghanistan passed a grim milestone with more than 100,000 civilians killed or hurt in the last 10 years since the international body began documenting casualties in a war that has raged for 18 years.
The lengthy U.S.-Taliban talks to end the war in Afghanistan and pave the way for the withdrawal of the U.S.-led forces from the country have been reportedly finalized and both sides would possibly ink a peace deal within days.