Monday, 27 January, 2020


Three Taliban released for held US, Australian: Afghan President

Spokesman for the Afghan National Security Council Kabir Haqmal confirmed the meeting to reporters in Kabul and said the two sides discussed ways of normalising relations. — Video screengrab courtesy Kabir Haqmal Twitter Three Taliban released for held US, Australian: Afghan President
Bennie Garza | 13 November, 2019, 13:07

On Tuesday, officials from both sides agreed to release the American University of Afghanistan professors American Kevin C. King, 63, and Australian Timothy J. Weeks, 50, for three senior Taliban personnel including Annas Haqqani, the younger brother of Taliban's military operations leader.

"In order to pave the way for face-to-face negotiations with the Taliban, the government has chose to free Taliban prisoners in exchange for two university professors", Mr Ghani said in a televised speech.

In a live TV address, Ghani added the release of the professors had been an unconditional demand, owing in part to their deteriorating health. President Donald Trump halted talks between the US and the Taliban in September, after a particularly deadly spate of Taliban attacks, including a Kabul suicide bombing that killed a USA soldier.

He also added that the government will release the prisoners after reaching to a conclusion with its global allies.

The pair appeared looking gaunt and weathered in a video released in January 2017 begging their parents to ask the USA government to negotiate for their release.

The American University of Afghanistan said in a statement that it "is encouraged to hear reports of the possible release of our two colleagues, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks".

The prisoner swap is part of a wider effort to start direct negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government.

President Ghani further added that Haji Mali and Abdul Rashid are the two other senior Taliban leaders the government would release with Anas Haqqani.

The three were under the custody of the Afghan government, Ghani said, and were held at the Bagram prison, an air base that also houses US troops just outside Kabul.

Subsequently, U.S. officials said that American forces had launched a rescue mission to free the two, but the captives were not found at the raided location.

If King is released, three other American hostages remain missing after being abducted by terrorists: Paul Overby, an author in his 70s also held captive by the Taliban; Jeffery Woodke, a missionary aid worker in Niger for over 25 years captured by ISIS; and a third person whose name and details of captivity have not been publicly reported, according to two USA officials.

Anas Haqqani was arrested in Bahrain in 2014 and handed over to the Afghan government, which later sentenced him to death. He was sentenced to death and his release has always been demanded by the Taliban.

Ghani also said the hard decision was made to show his government's intention that it wants peace and also to build trust for the face-to-face talks.

The Afghan government was shut out of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban earlier this year.

Khalilzad even quietly met with Taliban officials in early October, according to a Pakistani government source. The last time it was held was in July in Qatar.

Recommended

loading...
...

Rapper Lil Reese in critical condition after being shot Rapper Lil Reese in critical condition after being shot Witnesses told police they heard about 12 gunshots and an unidentified person picked up Lil Reese after he was shot. Rapper Lil Reese is now hospitalized in his home state of IL after cops say he was shot in the neck .

Facebook Pay Launching This Week, Calibra Kept Separate (For Now) Facebook Pay Launching This Week, Calibra Kept Separate (For Now) No timetable has been announced for when the system will launch on the other apps or in other countries. Facebook promises that all of your payment information will be "securely [stored]" and encrypted.

Snowfall advisory in effect for central Ontario: Environment Canada Snowfall advisory in effect for central Ontario: Environment Canada Halton could receive up to 25 centimetres of snow throughout the day on Monday due to gusty northeast winds of Lake Ontario. Lake Louise has received 16 centimetres of snow, while Kananaskis has seen about 10 centimetres.

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild It is the first mammal to be rediscovered on the Global Wildlife Conservation's ( GWC ) list of top 25 most wanted lost species . They are shy and solitary, surface to walk on the tips of their hooves and have two little fangs.

Apple AR headset may arrive in 2022, smart glasses a year later Apple AR headset may arrive in 2022, smart glasses a year later Size and power usage issues have a way of working themselves out over time, and it appears they have more working out to do. Apple's longtime analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said Apple could reduce the screen size of iPhone 11 Pro's 2020 version.

Thousands gather to honour the fallen — Remembrance Sunday Thousands gather to honour the fallen — Remembrance Sunday All three services played traditional music for the service, including the Last Post, played by Buglers of the Royal Marines. Sunday, November 10, the Royal family will also take part in the ceremony of laying wreaths at the war memorial Cenotaph.

Meghan Markle shares rare throwback from her pre-Duchess days Meghan Markle shares rare throwback from her pre-Duchess days The yearly ceremony takes place on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of the First World War on November 11, 1918. Meghan Markle had a super relatable makeup mishap at the Poppy Factory's Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey yesterday.

Bolivian president wasn’t forced out by coup Bolivian president wasn’t forced out by coup Morales called new elections but commanders of the armed forces and police backed calls for his resignation. Morales, 60, had been in power since 2006.

Traditional TV turns into low-rent enjoyable within the Fantasy Island trailer Traditional TV turns into low-rent enjoyable within the Fantasy Island trailer The show, which also starred Ricardo Montalbán , ran from 1977 to 1984 and has long since been a piece of popular culture. But this is no relaxing island vacation - it's a terrifying horror movie produced by Jason Blum's iconic Blumhouse.

Madonna sued because of late start to concert Madonna sued because of late start to concert On Twitter, Madonna's statement about a queen never being late didn't go over exactly as she might have expected. The lawsuit claims in August, when Hollander bought the tickets, the concert was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

India's September industrial output shrinks 4.3% India's September industrial output shrinks 4.3% Based on use-based classification, primary goods reported a decline of 5.1 per cent in factory output during September 2019. Electricity generation contracted 2.6 per cent in September against a growth of 8.2 per cent in the same month past year .

Jeopardy contestant's answer almost had Alex Trebek in tears Jeopardy contestant's answer almost  had Alex Trebek in tears Gaur later addressed his decision on Twitter , explaining Trebek had just shared with the contestants he had reentered treatment. Gaur had bet $1,995 of his $2,000 on the answer - meaning he threw away his shot at a win in favor of honoring Trebek.

General Overview of Cisco CCNA R&S Questions and Answers In addition to this, they will also build their skills and knowledge levels required to implement WLAN in a small/medium network. At the end of the course, they will also be able to resolve regular issues with EIGRP, STP, and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 Although it is a bit expensive, it makes your experience really enjoyable by giving you access to music and also GPS navigation. Huawei Band 2 Pro is one of the best low-budget devices that offers you all the functions you need for under 60 Euros.

How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money The Rise of Mobile Payments Over the last few years, all of the major mobile innovators have stepped into the mobile payment game. As of 2016, Apple Pay had 12 million monthly users , a figure which is sure to rise substantially in the coming months and years.