KABUL: In a confidence-building gesture with the government, Afghanistan’s hard-line Taliban movement has released 10 Afghan soldiers days after freeing two Western professors in exchange for three high-profile Taliban detainees.
“I am happy to be free from Taliban captivity after two years and seven months,” Islam Uddin, one of the released soldiers, told Radio Free Afghanistan. They were freed late on November 21 in the southern province of Helmand, where the Taliban control most of the countryside.
Uddin says his time in Taliban captivity was horrendous. “Some of our Taliban captors appeared pious, but they treated us very badly.”