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Western Hostages to be Exchanged for Haqqani Leader

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2019. (Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout)

Taliban will release two Western hostages they have held for three years in return for the Afghan government releasing three senior Taliban leaders, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday morning.

He said his government made this decision, in consultation with its international partners, in particular the United States, in order to facilitate “talks with the Taliban and for reaching peace and stability, which is the demand of every Afghan.”

American Kevin King, 62, and Australian Timothy John Weeks, 50, were kidnapped in Kabul in August 2016, as they were leaving the American University of Afghanistan where they taught.

In January 2017, the Taliban read more >>>

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