The clashes came a day after the Taliban said they had killed 28 Afghan paramilitary policemen in Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say strikes on Taliban positions killed 30 fighters in northern Kunduz province, but Taliban says the botched raid killed 23 civilians instead.
The stalled release of prisoners has delayed talks between Afghanistan's government and the militant group but negotiations are expected to begin once the inmate impasse is overcome.
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The talks, known as the intra-Afghan dialogue, will be the first high-level meeting between Afghanistan government and Taliban after years of fighting.
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Afghanistan's government officials said Taliban insurgents targeted checkpoints in three provinces, in a fresh wave of violence despite a deal with the US and a worsening coronavirus crisis.
A prisoner exchange process will take place as part of the intra-Afghan peace talks
Most of the attacks took place on Sunday. Though the Taliban and the US struck a deal last month, the insurgents haven't agreed to a ceasefire with Kabul's forces and fighting has not ended.
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