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Two Western Hostages Are Freed in Afghanistan in Deal With Taliban

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International New York Times, 19 November 2019

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as saying here that

“It’s a risky move on his part,” Kate Clark, an analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, said of Mr. Ghani. “It’s not clear why it has happened now or whether it will actually be what he said he hopes it will be — a confidence-building measure with the Taliban.” (…)

Ms. Clark, the analyst, said the prisoner swap could prove worthwhile if it led to a reduction in violence.

On the other hand, she added: “Will letting these three out increase the capacity of the Haqqani network?”

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