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Taliban Release American And Australian Hostages In Exchange For 3 Militants

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were abducted in 2016 from Kabul, where they taught at the American University. Three Taliban commanders held by the Afghan government were also freed.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday that three Taliban prisoners would be "conditionally" released in exchange for two professors. Ghani is seen here in Kabul in September. Source: Mohammad Ismail

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Two western hostages held for more than three years by Taliban forces in Afghanistan were freed today in southeastern Zabul province in exchange for three Taliban commanders held by the Kabul government, an Afghan official tells NPR's Diaa Hadid. The official requested anonymity because he is not authorized to

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