AFGHAN TABLIBAN FREES TWO HOSTAGE IN EXCHANGE FOR IMPRISONED MILITANTS
Written by thereachfm on November 20, 2019
The Afghan Taliban have freed two Western academics held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three imprisoned senior militants.
The group in a statement said they have also released 10 captured Afghan National Security Force members,
It said these actions are a step forward in good-will and confidence building measures that can aid peace process and that the prisoner exchange has been successfully executed.
American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were released three years after being kidnapped outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul where they worked as professors.
The swap includes Anas Haqqani, a leading figure and fund-raiser in the Haqqani militant group, and two other senior commanders, who had been held in prison by Afghan authorities.