Skip to comments.Taliban say two SKorean hostages released (as a "gesture of goodwill")
Posted on 08/11/2007 8:57:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) - The Taliban Saturday freed two women among 21 South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan as a "gesture of goodwill," a spokesman for the militia told AFP.
"Our leadership council decided to free unconditionally and as a gesture of goodwill two women hostages who are sick," said spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi.
Taliban representative Qari Bashir (L) addresses media representatives as Mullah Nasrullah looks on outside the Afghan Red Crescent Society in Ghazni. Bashir has said 21 South Korean hostages could be freed as early as "today or tomorrow" but only if the Afghan government accepted its demand to free militant prisoners.(AFP/Mohammad Yaqubi)
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Taliban negotiator Qari Bashir (L) speaks to the media as fellow negotiator Mawlavi Nasrullah looks on in Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, August 11, 2007. Talks between Afghanistan's Taliban and South Korean diplomats over 21 Korean hostages were going well on Saturday and the Taliban expect to free their captives, the two Taliban negotiators said. (Shir Ahmad/Reuters)
A man holds a South Korean newspaper with a front page showing the group kidnapped South Koreans. A Taliban negotiator has said 21 South Korean hostages could be freed as early as "today or tomorrow" but only if the Afghan government accepted its demand to free militant prisoners.(AFP/File/Kim Jae-Hwan)
Beat me by two minutes!
and I did it without eating Wheaties too! ;-)
An Afghan walks by the Afghan Red Crescent Society of Ghazni province, where Taliban and South Korean delegations are discussing the fate of 21 South Korean hostages in the city of Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
As a gesture of goodwill all the Taliban should let everybody go and go home to their villages and take up useful hobbies such as basket weaving.
Praise God! Answer to prayer.
Oh, NOW they're into goodwill gestures. AFTER they've already murdered a couple of hostages.
Too late ya bastards.
They’d use the baskets to transport bombs... no doubt.
update to AFP article
GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) - The Taliban Saturday freed two women among 21 South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan as a “gesture of goodwill,” a spokesman for the militia told AFP.
“Our leadership council decided to free unconditionally and as a gesture of goodwill two women hostages who are sick,” said spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi.
A second spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahed, confirmed the two women had been released.
No officials, from either the South Korean embassy in Kabul or the Afghan government, were able to confirm that any hostages had been freed.
If the women had not yet arrived at an agreed handover point, “transportation difficulty” would be the reason, Ahmadi said.
“But what I can tell you is the leadership council has said they must be freed, so they’re freed,” he said.
The decision came hours after Taliban representatives concluded the first face-to-face talks with a South Korean delegation in the town of Ghazni, 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Kabul.
Mujahed said release would “show that we’re honest in our talks and expect the government to be honest and free our prisoners,” he said.
The police chief of Ghazni, Alishah Ahamdzai, told AFP earlier there had been an agreement to free “some” of the hostages, but this could not be immediately confirmed with other officials.
Taliban representatives who met the South Korean team had earlier reiterated their demand that some Taliban must be freed from prison in exchange for the lives of all the hostages, a condition the government has rejected.
I have a better “gesture of goodwill’in mind.Release all the hostages and we won’t execute all the Taliban prisoners in the entire country.This s—t needs to stop NOW,and the only thing these animals understand is brute force.
I’ve got a good gesture for the Taliban.
Imagine the braintrust that thought two brutal murders and the remaining hostages would be forgotten in the moment of celebration for the release of the two.
Bloodthirsty co—suckers can’t change the world’s opinion of themselves, until they stop revealing Allah’s character in such disgusting ways.
I’d read it before, decided I need my own copy.
Farmer Dean, I’m also on board with you on execution of terrorist in prison when their group murders hostages. I’ll happily pull a trigger, or a knife or sword blade.
I wish we could turn the tables on these Islamo-fascist bastards: announce that if all of the hostages are not released unharmed, promptly, we will begin executing Taliban and Al Qaeda scum, very publicly. IF any hostages are killed, all available Taliban and Al Qaeda scum will be promptly executed, and (finally) all-out Armaggeddon will be unleashed upon Taliban sanctuaries (Hussein Obama should approve). Liberals would squeal but it’s just what the vermin deserve — we should never be keeping them alive for any purpose except to extract useful intel. For their terrorist deeds, they deserve the death penalty anyway.