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Taliban insurgents have released 12 of 19 South Koreans held fornearly six weeks in Afghanistan. (Sydney Morning Herald — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban insurgents claimed yesterday that South Korea paid morethan $A24.4 million to release 19 missionaries they were holdinghostage, and vowed to use the money to buy arms and mount suicideattacks. (The Age — 19 hours ago)
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Militants release South Korean hostages
Militants release South Korean hostages

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, July 31 — Police at daybreak Tuesday discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage killed by the Taliban, officials said. A purported Taliban spokesman had said the hostage was killed because the Afghan government failed to release imprisoned insurgents. (Washington Post — 30 August, 2007)
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KABUL, July 27 — A purported Taliban spokesman warned Friday that some of the 22 remaining South Korean hostages in Afghanistan were in bad health, saying hours after the kidnappers’ latest deadline passed that the captives were crying and worried about their future. (Washington Post — 15 hours ago)
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 26 — The Taliban said Wednesday that it had executed a South Korean hostage, one of 23 held by the group since last week, and threatened to kill more hostages if its demands were not met. (Washington Post — 31 August, 2007)
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GHAZNI, Afghanistan, July 31 — The South Korean government and relatives of 21 kidnapped South Koreans appealed for U.S. help Tuesday, but Afghanistan said for the first time that it will not release insurgent prisoners — the Taliban’s key demand to free the captives. (Washington Post — 31 August, 2007)
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 22 — Afghan security forces on Sunday surrounded the location where Taliban fighters are suspected to be holding 23 South Korean hostages and were prepared to launch an operation if negotiations broke down, Afghan officials said. (Washington Post — 28 August, 2007)
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 29 — The Taliban on Wednesday began making good on a promise to release 19 South Koreans who have been held captive for a month and a half, freeing 12 and promising to turn over the rest in coming days. (Washington Post — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban kidnappers Thursday released the seven remaining South Korean hostages and handed them over to Red Cross officials, Afghan and Taliban officials said. (CNN — 31 August, 2007)
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Taliban militants in Afghanistan released three South Korean hostages, the first of 19 captives scheduled to be freed under a deal struck between the insurgents and the South Korean government. (New York Times — 29 August, 2007)
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South Korean negotiators in Afghanistan have reached a deal with Taliban militants holding 19 South Korean Christian aid workers for over a month, a presidential spokesman in Seoul said Tuesday. (CNN — 28 August, 2007)
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Taleban rebels in Afghanistan free three of the 19 South Korean hostages they have been holding since July. (BBC News — 29 August, 2007)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived at Camp David yesterday, beginning a two-day visit in which he and President Bush were to discuss the deteriorating security and sporadic rule of law in Afghanistan. (Washington Post — 30 August, 2007)
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The Taliban’s last three South Korean hostages were handed over tothe International Committee of the Red Cross late yesterday. (The Age — 31 August, 2007)
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