Taliban prisoner swap:- United States and Australia hostages freed

Last Updated: Nov 19 2019 20:00
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Two Western academics have been freed by the Taliban Afghan who were held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three imprisoned senior extremists.

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were released three years after being kidnapped outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul where they worked as professors.

The three militants arrived in Qatar from Afghanistan as part of the swap.

Afghan officials say the deal is aimed at restarting talks with the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was "a tough, but important" one and a "humanitarian gesture".