Afghan prisoners line up at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison after their release, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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A delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said.However, two senior Taliban officials said on condition of anonymity that supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada had approved Monday's exploratory meeting in Islamabad.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Turkey meeting had no legitimate Taliban representatives in attendance.The Taliban's Haqqani network last week released 14 Afghan army soldiers in the eastern province of Paktia as a goodwill gesture ahead of the talks, according to both the Taliban officials and the aide to Gilani.
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