Taliban Balks at Prisoner Swap Negotiations, Meet with U.S. Officials on End to Violence

The Taliban and Afghan government were making progress on negotiating a prisoner swap. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “The two sides held face-to-face negotiations about the release of Afghan National Defense and Security Force personnel as well as Taliban prisoners,” said Afghanistan’s Office of the National Security Council said. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

A deal was struck for the Afghan government to release 100 Taliban prisoners. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

The Taliban abruptly ended the talks, and the prisoners were not released. The Taliban blamed the Afghan government, saying the government kept delaying the release “under one pretext or another.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…

The head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan also met with the Taliban, to discuss reducing violence. The Taliban has accused the U.S. of aiding the Afghan government with air support in attacks and night raids in non-combat areas. Reported by i24 News. Read more…