Taliban releases U.S., Australian hostages as part of prisoner swap
The United States and Australia confirmed the release of the professors and voiced hope this, along with other developments, may improve the chances for dialogue between the Afghans and an eventual peace agreement
“We see these developments as hopeful signs that the Afghan war, a terrible and costly conflict that has lasted 40 years, may soon conclude through a political settlement,” Pompeo said, dating the start of the Afghan conflict to the Soviet invasion in 1979 rather than the U.S. invasion after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
But the swap was abruptly postponed, with the Taliban then shifting their hostages to a new location.
Before the talks were broken off, the United States and the Taliban both said they were close to reaching a deal.Read more: The Globe and Mail
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