Taliban Confirms Releasing 1,800 Islamic State Prisoners From Kabul Jails

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi confirmed that 1,800 Islamic State (IS) prisoners were released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul city as well as another facility in Bagram when they seized power in Afghanistan on August 15.

Speaking at the Tashkent International Conference in the capital of Uzbekistan, Muttaqi claimed that the Taliban administration is now capable of subduing IS militants across Afghanistan.

Muttaqi furthered that they had fought with the IS militants even before complete victory. “When we were fighting the IS militants in northern Jawzjan province, it was the then government who fled IS fighters to Kabul,” Muttaqi said, and directly accused the former Afghan government of supporting the IS group.

After taking control of every province last year, the Taliban has released dozens of prisoners, including IS and al-Qaeda inmates as well as thousands of criminals and drug traffickers.

US officials had earlier said that the release of IS militants from jails resulted in the strengthening of the group across Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on mosques, schools, courses, and public buses and vowed to fight against Taliban regime.

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