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WJ Speaker Criticizes Taliban Approach Over Prisoner Swap

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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the general session of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said that two Western hostages held by the Taliban since 2016 are likely to be dead.
Afghan government said on Tuesday it would release Anas Haqqani, a key member of the Taliban’s Haqqani militant faction and two other commanders in exchange for two American University of Afghanistan, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks. The exchange has, however, not taken places.
“The collapse of deal to exchange Taliban prisoners for the teachers of American University of Afghanistan suggests that the Taliban are indecisive and unfaithful,” house speaker said.
“Taliban showed that they don’t have the authority to decide about war and peace and cannot even making decision about the release of their sons is not in their authority, or it is possible that the hostages are no more alive,” Rahmani said.
The two professors were kidnapped in August 2016 from outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Both men have reportedly suffered from health issues in captivity.

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