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US welcomes release of hostages by Taliban in Afghanistan

The US on Tuesday welcomed the release of two hostages by the Taliban in Afghanistan, describing it a hopeful sign for efforts to end the decades-long conflict in the country. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered on Tuesday and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the United States Government. Both men were successfully recovered this morning, are in the care of the US military, and will soon be reunited with their loved ones, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. We pray for the full recovery of both men, who endured significant hardship during their captivity, and wish them well as they reunite with their loved ones in the near future, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said. In a statement, Pompeo said the Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, ...

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