Tameem Akhgar, The Associated Press

  • Afghan Taliban prisoners freed from Bagram Prison walk in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The Afghan government freed hundreds of prisoners, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
    Taliban in Kabul to discuss prisoner releases under US peace deal

    A five-member Taliban team was in Kabul on Thursday to follow up on this week’s prisoner release by the Afghan government that saw hundreds of insurgents freed. It was the single largest such release since a U.S.-Taliban deal earlier this year spelling an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.

  • In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Presidential Palace via AP)
    US envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal as US warplanes pound ISIS-K

    The first visit to Kabul by Washington’s peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. bombing.

  • Afghan security personnel inspect the site of an attack on Afghan army base in Gardez, capital of Paktia province on May 14, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images)
    Taliban suicide attack kills 5 Afghan civilians; condemns maternity clinic attack

    A suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province on Thursday that looked to target a military compound but exploded before its destination killed five civilians and wounded at least 29 others, including civilians and military personnel, Afghan officials said.

  • Afghan firefighters work at a parking lot near the site where a tractor packed with explosives exploded the night before at the Green Village in Kabul on Sept. 3, 2019. A massive blast in a residential area of Kabul killed at least 16 people, officials, following yet another Taliban attack that came as the insurgents and Washington try to finalise a withdrawal deal. (AFP/Getty Images)
    Watchdog group says US not releasing data on Taliban attacks

    The decision not to release the data comes as the Trump administration is eager for the U.S.-Taliban agreement to be seen as successful so that President Donald Trump can meet his commitments on pulling troops out of Afghanistan.

  • In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, jailed Taliban are seen after an interview with The Associated Press inside the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
    Afghans set to release 1,500 Taliban; US wants less violence

    A recent peace deal signed between the United States and the Taliban called for the release of up to 5,000 prisoners ahead of the much sought-after negotiations.