15:27 GMT28 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban* said that they have released 80 prisoners in eight provinces of Afghanistan on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the 1TV channel has reported.

    The reports come days after the Afghan government and the Taliban failed to agree on a short-term ceasefire during the Muslim holiday, or the release of prisoners as they met in Doha on Sunday.

    In a Tuesday interview, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban political office in Doha, told CNN that they are seeking a "peaceful solution" and want to have an "Afghan inclusive Islamic government".

    © REUTERS / Jim Hollander
    U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan

    Afghanistan is seeing a spike in violence from the Taliban as foreign troops are gradually being withdrawn from the country. The troop withdrawal was one of the points of agreement that the Taliban and the United States reached in Doha in February of last year.

    *Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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