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In push for Afghan peace, Pakistan frees Taliban captives

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan released several Afghan Taliban captives Wednesday, a gesture meant to nudge along on-again, off-again reconciliation talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.

The Afghan government has long sought access to such prisoners in hopes of establishing a dialogue with the Taliban insurgents who have battled for 11 years to topple the US-backed Afghan government.

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