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AS THE Taliban started releasing the 19 South Korean church workersthey have held hostage in Afghanistan for almost six weeks, a gunbattle in Kandahar province in which more than 100 suspectedinsurgents were thought to have been killed continued yesterday. (Sydney Morning Herald — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban insurgents free three South Korean women hostages, thefirst of 19 Christian volunteers the Taliban agrees to release. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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Taliban begin release of Korean hostages
Taliban begin release of Korean hostages

Taliban insurgents said on Tuesday they would release 19 SouthKorean Christian volunteers they have held for nearly six weeksprovided Seoul pulls out its troops and stops Korean missionarywork in Afghanistan by year-end. (Sydney Morning Herald — 29 August, 2007)
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The final seven South Korean hostages held by the Taleban in Afghanistan are released, ending a six-week ordeal. (BBC News — 31 August, 2007)
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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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South Korea paid Afghanistan’s Taliban more than $20 million to release 19 missionaries they were holding hostage, a senior insurgent leader said on Saturday, vowing to use the funds to buy arms and mount suicide attacks. (MSNBC — 1 September, 2007)
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Afghan and coalition forces have killed more than 100 insurgent fighters in an ongoing battle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said. (CNN — 29 August, 2007)
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 29 — Twelve South Korean church volunteers were freed Wednesday after six weeks in Taliban captivity, officials in Afghanistan said, and the release of the remaining seven seemed imminent, apparently ending a hostage crisis that has gripped both nations. (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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Newly freed South Korean church workers apologized to their government Friday for causing trouble in Afghanistan by being kidnapped by the Taliban for six weeks. (MSNBC — 1 September, 2007)
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TOKYO: South Korea paid $US2 million ($2.46 million) to Talibanextremists in Afghanistan to secure the release of 19 hostages, aJapanese newspaper reported yesterday. (Sydney Morning Herald — 1 September, 2007)
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