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Taliban ex-foreign minister released

The former Taliban foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, the most senior Taliban in American hands, has been released from jail at Bagram air base north of Kabul, according to the Afghan presidential spokesman. An aide to the former Taliban minister, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Independent that Mr Mutawakil was well, and in his home city of Kandahar. “He’s banned from using the telephone or speaking to the media,” said the aide. “It’s a sort of house arrest.” The presidential spokes-man, Jawed Ludin, said that was also his understanding of the position. Mr Ludin also said Mr Mutawakil was among a group of Taliban who had proposed holding talks with the government. This is the first offer of talks since the Taliban fell from power two years ago. Full Story

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