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SHIBERGHAN, Dec. 30, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members walk past coffins of comrades killed in a checkpoint attack by Taliban militants in Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2019.n A total of 14 Afghan security force members were killed after Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's northern province of Jawzjan on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said. (Photo by Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Afghan security force members walk past coffins of comrades killed in a checkpoint attack by Taliban militants in Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua/IANS)

Sources close to the Taliban have said that based on initial agreements between the militants and the Kabul government, the intra-Afghan negotiations will be held in Doha.

The sources on Sunday did not mention the time of the negotiations but said it has been agreed to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners from the Afghan government’s custody ahead of the talks, reports TOLO News.

“There is more possibility that the talks will be held in Qatar,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

“I think Americans are firm in their commitment on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 prisoners (of the Afghan government).”

The Afghan government has said that, to date, 2,710 Taliban prisoners have been released.

KUNDUZ, Aug. 31, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan national army soldiers take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2019. At least two Afghan security forces and 15 Taliban militants were killed as the Afghan security forces repulsed a Taliban attack on Kunduz city, capital of northern Kunduz province, on Saturday, a provincial government spokesman said. (Photo by Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Afghan national army soldiers take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Kunduz city, Afghanistan. (Photo by Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua/IANS)

The Taliban, on the other hand, has released 458 prisoners who the group claims are government forces members, according to information shared by the group.

The Afghan government, meanwhile, has said that it was prepared to send its delegation to the intra-Afghan negotiations.

“The Afghan government has taken important steps in this process.

“The negotiation team of the Afghan government is ready to enter the talks and we have a strong national consensus for the peace process,” presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Sunday.

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