After balking for weeks, the Afghan government began a phased release of Taliban prisoners, under heavy pressure from the Trump administration. But with more than 4,000 Taliban released, the last stretch is the once again facing difficulty, as the Afghan government says it cannot release about 500 of those on the Taliban list because they are deemed dangerous and are accused of serious crimes.
Javid Faisal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Security Council, said the government has proposed that the Taliban suggest new names instead of the 592 that cannot be released. It is the unclear whether the insurgents have agreed to that.
“We have told them that we are ready to release alternative people,” Mr. Faisal said.
The ongoing attack In Samangan caps a bloody 24 hours In northern Afghanistan, where Taliban launched attacks In several provinces, officials said.
At least 20 members of the Afghan security forces were killed In overnight assaults In two districts of Kunduz Province. In Badakhshan Province, the Taliban attacked security posts In Arghanj Khwa district, killing at least seven from the security forces.