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Al Jazeera: Taliban To Free 2 Korean Hostages

From their spokesmen at Al Jazeera:

Taliban representatives Mullah Qari Bashir, left, talks to media as Mawlawi Nasrullah looks on at right, outside the Afghan Red Crescent Society of Ghazni province.

Taliban ‘agree’ to free two Koreans

Taliban officials have agreed to free two female hostages at the end of face-to-face talks with a South Korean delegation, a source close to the negotiators told Al Jazeera.

Earlier, Mawlavi Nasrullah, one of two Taliban negotiators, said: “We assure you and the whole world that all of the Koreans will be released and will go to their homes.”

Dan Nolan, Al Jazeera’s correpsondent in Kabul, said: “I have just received a phone call from a source close the the South Korean negotiating team who told me that the Taliban has agreed to release two female hostages.

“They are the two hostages who became very ill in the past two weeks.”

A spokesman for the Taliban did not confirm that the planned release, but the South Korean source said that it will possibly happen today or tomorrow.

“The Taliban in return for this exchange have demanded a reconfirmation that all South Korean troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year. The South Korean president has already reaffirmed this,” Dan Nolan said.

However, Qari Yusuf Bashir, head of the Taliban’s negotiation team in the Afghan city of Ghazni, said they were sticking to their original demand to have 21 Taliban prisoners released from Afghan jails in exchange for the hostages.

Bashir claimed that Kabul will meet their demands and that the Korean and Afghan sides had already approved an initial “prisoners exchange”.

Speaking outside the Afghan Red Cross office where the second day of talks were held, Bashir said: “We have great hope that the hostage crisis will resolved today or tomorrow inshallah [God willing].” …

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, told Al Jazeera that its officials had received a written guarantee from the Afghan government that they would not be arrested at the meeting…

Afghan women stand behind the gate of the Afghan Red Crescent Society of Ghazni province.

These terrorists continue to milk this for as much as they can.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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