A number of Taliban prisoners released to facilitate Afghan peace talks that began ten days ago have already “returned to the battlefield,” a lead negotiator for the Afghan government said on Tuesday.
In August, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani released 400 “hardcore” Taliban prisoners as part of the final phase of the prisoner swap, which saw a total of 5,000 Taliban terrorists freed.
Now, just two weeks into the peace talks, a number of the freed Taliban prisoners have already returned to fighting, according to the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah.
The Taliban has continued to attack government security forces in Afghanistan during the peace talks.
On Monday, Afghanistan recorded its deadliest day since negotiations began, with at least 57 Afghan security force members killed in Taliban attacks across the country.