Don’t mess with our prisoner swap, Taliban warns West


Don’t mess with our prisoner swap, Taliban warns West

Objections to release of Afghan and Taliban prisoners are stalling talks between government and militants

Ben Farmer, Sami Yousafzai and David Chazan

The Taliban has rejected Western objections to a prisoner swap of militant fighters who killed international troops, saying Afghanistan’s international backers should not interfere.

Plans to free convicted Taliban fighters who killed French and Australian nationals as part of a trust-building swap to usher in peace talks have caused anger in Paris and Canberra.

The objections are reported to have slowed the release of the prisoners on both sides, delaying the start of official talks between the insurgent movement and the Afghan government...

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