Afghanistan to free Taliban trio in apparent swap

AFGHAN President Ashraf Ghani today announced that three high-ranking Taliban prisoners will be released in an apparent exchange for two Westerners kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

The trio include Anas Haqqani, who was taken in 2014, and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious affiliate of the jihadist group.