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Taliban Prepares Delegation for New Peace Talks With US

•, by Jason Ditz

Taliban officials say that they are in the process of putting together a delegation of three or four people to send to a new round of peace talks with the US. The talks are expected to focus on an exchange of prisoners.

The Taliban officials say that this is going to be a gauge of the US seriousness to participate in talks. They say they have a substantial list of prisoners in jail across Afghanistan, and if some of them are freed in a deal they'd be open to holding further meetings.

The first round of US-Taliban talks was held in July, where the Taliban met a State Department delegation in Doha. The Afghan government was not happy with those talks, complaining they were worried the US is cutting them out.