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Taliban returns American and Australian hostages as part of a prisoner swap after holding them for over 3 years


Added 11-20-19 12:14:03am EST - “American Kevin King, 63, and Australian Timothy Weeks, 50, were kidnapped at gunpoint in 2016 outside of a university in Kabul.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Taliban returns American and Australian hostages as part of a prisoner swap after holding them for over 3 years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An American and an Australian who were held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for over three years were freed on Tuesday as part of a prisoner swap.

The State Department said in a statement on Tuesday that American Kevin King, 63, and Australian Timothy Weeks, 50, were "successfully recovered" on Tuesday morning and were in the custody of the US military. 

Both Weeks and King were teachers at the American University of Afghanistan in the capital of Kabul and were kidnapped at gunpoint outside the university in August 2016. The two men were held hostage for over three years. 

In 2017, the Taliban released a propaganda video showing the two men in black robes and looking disheveled. In the video, the men discussed their time in captivity and urged their governments to negotiate with the Taliban in order to secure their release. 

According to the State Department, the Taliban released the professors as a "goodwill measure." The department added that the Taliban intended to release 10 Afghan prisoners, and the Afghani government intended to release three Taliban prisoners as part of the exchange.

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