Taliban Agrees to Release Korean Hostages

The Taliban agreed Tuesday to free 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage since July after the government in Seoul agreed to end all missionary work and keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
In eastern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber attacked NATO troops helping build a bridge, killing three soldiers.

The Taliban originally seized 23 South Koreans, but have since killed two of the hostages and released two others. They had initially demanded the withdrawal of South Korean troops from the country and the release of prisoners in exchange for freeing the hostages.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said South Korean and Taliban delegates at face-to-face talks Tuesday in the central town of Ghazni had “reached an agreement” to free the captives.

South Korean presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-sun said the deal had been reached “on the condition that South Korea withdraws troops by the end of year and South Korea suspends missionary work in Afghanistan,” he said.

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6 Responses to “Taliban Agrees to Release Korean Hostages”

  1. michael says:

    after the government in Seoul agreed to end all missionary work and keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

    In other words, for the Taliban, crime pays.

    South Korea should get its people home, and then publicly renege on the deal, just to spite the Taliban terrorists. There can be no negotiation with that sort of scum.

  2. Beth says:

    The problem with the world today is that we have tried to negotiate with terrorists. I find it hard to believe that they are just letting them go with a warning to end mission work and withdraw troops–something fishy going on there if you ask me (of course what should we expect from terrorists).

  3. sue says:

    beth what are you implying ? to say that there is something fishy….as if the south koreans would engage in such an act. what about the american government? do you believe the american government revealed their TRUE intentions as to why they danced their way to a war with Iraq? THAT my dear is a disgusting fishy situation. take off your eyes of deception & selfish patriotism then you will not make such a quick judgement….dust off my friend.

  4. Beth says:

    Sue,

    Quick judgement? Maybe I am not the one that is making a quick judgement here. Since you apparently misunderstood, I will be glad to clarify my comments to you. First of all, I do not believe these South Koreans did anything wrong. What I was saying is that I do not trust the Taliban terrorists as far as I can throw them. My point was that these South Koreans should be very careful in making deals with these terror agents because the truth is not in them. So, I was not in any way implying that the South Koreans were doing anything ‘fishy’. What is fishy is that the Taliban all of the sudden decided to release the hostages they originally planned to kill.

    That said, I do support our President in what he is trying to accomplish in Iraq. Do I agree with everything that has been done? No. But, the Hussein regime had to be taken out – even the Democrats (which I assume you are) agreed when the war began (Democrats have very short-term memory). After 9-11 the Dems were on the bandwagon to see the terrorists brought to justice, a few years later ending the war they were once in favor of has become their major campaign issue. They are wishy – washy to say the least. Great strides have been made in Iraq, but our liberal media doesnt report that – they only report the dark side (and every war has a dark side).

    I could go on for days about the mistreatment of the Iraquis before we went over, but you wouldnt listen. There are times when we as a country have to stand up and take the part of those who cannot take their own. I pray that this war comes to an end, but only when the job is done so that the soldiers who have given their lives will not have done so in vain.

    This blog is not about arguing who is right and who is wrong, but about pointing people to Jesus (who is always Right) and the fact that He is coming soon. If you do not know what Jesus did for you on the cross, I pray that you will take a minute to check out the following links:
    http://worshippingchristian.org/accept_jesus.html
    http://worshippingchristian.org/signs_of_jesus_return.html

    Dusting off,
    Beth

  5. sue says:

    your opening line solely contradicts what your closing words are saying in the last paragraph….do not be too prideful as if you are ahead…you look but u can’t see so best not assume…just because you simply say “God” first doesn’t mean your heart and mind is truly aligned with the kingdom of God. u can verbally confess every word of God or memorize 1001 verses but the heart can still be far away from God. pray that your pride not lead u astray.

  6. Beth says:

    I am not sure how my “opening line” contradicts the fact that Jesus is coming soon and that the purpose of this blog is to point people to Jesus. My “opening line” simply lets you know that you completely misunderstood my comment.
    Considering the fact that you do not know me, I think you might want to be careful how you judge me. My relationship with the Lord is quite secure and I do believe every single thing in His Word. As I said earlier, the point of this blog is not to argue, therefore, there is nothing else for me to say.
    Beth

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