Newly freed Taliban prisoners walk at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. The Afghan government has begun releasing the last Taliban prisoners from a final batch of 400 who the militants want freed before they agree to start peace negotiations, a security agency spokesman said on Friday. National Security Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS

A newly freed Taliban prisoner (L) stands for processing at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. The government agreed on Sunday to release the 400 "hard-core" prisoners after consulting a grand assembly of elders and other community leaders, known as a Loya Jirga. National Security Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS

A newly freed Taliban prisoner (L) stands for processing at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. The Taliban did not immediately respond to request for comment. They have previously said they would sit down for peace talks with the U.S.-backed government in Qatar within a week of the release of the last of the prisoners. National Security Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS

Newly freed Taliban prisoners gather at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. The Taliban have always refused to talk to the government, dismissing it as a U.S. "puppet". National Security Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS

Newly freed Taliban prisoners walk at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. National Security Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS