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30 July 2020 Military News

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  • Taliban Announces Prisoner Release VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The Taliban announced late Wednesday it will soon release remaining imprisoned Afghan security force members, a day after a similar announcement from Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, indicating that the start of negotiations between the warring factions in Afghanistan may be close.
  • Taliban say will free Afghan government inmates before Eid al-Adha Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- The Taliban militant group says it will release the remaining Afghan government prisoners before Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) as a "goodwill gesture."
  • UN Says More Than 100,000 Afghans Displaced By Conflict This Year RFE/RL 30 Jul 2020 -- The United Nations says that more than 100,000 people fled conflict inside Afghanistan's borders so far this year amid continued violence, despite an agreement between the United States and the Taliban intended to pave the way for intra-Afghan peace talks.
  • Suspected car bomb blast kills 18 in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- At least 18 people, including Afghan security personnel, are killed in a suspected car bombing in eastern Afghanistan, shortly before an expected ceasefire between the government and the Taliban militant group.
  • Bomb Attack Kills At Least Eight Afghans Ahead Of Cease-Fire RFE/RL 30 Jul 2020 -- Afghan officials say at least eight people were killed and dozens injured in a bomb attack in the eastern province of Logar on July 30, just hours before a three-day cease-fire was to begin for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
  • Pompeo says he raised Taliban 'bounties' on US troops with Russia despite Trump not doing so Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the Trump administration has confronted top Russian diplomats and military officers over the allegations about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan, despite Donald Trump previously calling it a "Fake News tale."

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