Afghanistan transferred six “hardcore” Taliban prisoners to Doha, Qatar, on Thursday ahead of intra-Afghan peace talks in the city this weekend, Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported on Friday.
The prisoners boarded a flight from Kabul to Doha on Thursday evening, two government sources told Reuters. The half dozen prisoners “are considered ‘high risk’ after masterminding some of the worst attacks in Afghanistan, killing foreign nationals and known drug kingpins,” Afghanistan’s Ariana News reported.
France’s foreign ministry on Thursday objected to the release of two of the Taliban prisoners, who had been found guilty of killing two French citizens.
“France reiterates its firmest opposition to the release of individuals convicted of having committed crimes against French nationals, in particular soldiers and humanitarian workers,” the ministry said in a statement.
The U.S. agreed to a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in February. The agreement stipulated that the Taliban and the Afghan government