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Taleban militants say they have agreed to free 19 South Koreans held hostage for more than a month in Afghanistan.
Seoul said the agreement was reached on condition its troops were withdrawn as scheduled by the year's end.

South Korea also agreed to end all missionary work in Afghanistan and stop its citizens from travelling there.

The rebels kidnapped 23 Christian charity workers from Ghazni province on 19 July. They subsequently killed two male hostages, and freed two women.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead, in Kabul, says no exact release date has been given, but the Taleban have said they will start working straight away to free them.

There has been no mention of money being paid, our correspondent adds, but it is thought that a ransom may have been part of the deal.

A Taleban representative, an official from the South Korean government and mediators issued a statement in Ghazni - where the 19 are being held - saying that they had come to an agreement and the hostages would be released as soon as possible.

The announcement was greeted with celebrations in South Korea, where families have been waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones.


Cho Myung-ho, whose 28-year-old daughter Lee Joo-yeon is being held hostage, told the Associated Press: "I would like to dance."

Kim Kyung-ja (left) and Kim Ji-na were freed earlier this month

The Christian church that the hostages belonged to, near Seoul, said all the families were "rejoicing".

"They are busy calling other family members and friends at the moment to pass the news," Bang Yong-kyun, pastor at the Saemmul Church, told Reuters.

Tuesday's agreement came after South Korean negotiators met Taleban representatives in the central town of Ghazni.

Tribal elders and two diplomats from the Indonesian embassy in Kabul also took part in the talks.


It was the fourth time the two sides had held direct negotiations - all of the meetings being mediated by members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.



But it was the first time the sides had met since two of the female hostages were freed two weeks ago.

The South Koreans were seized in Ghazni province as they travelled by bus along the main Kandahar to Kabul highway.

In late July, the Taleban murdered two of the male hostages - the group's pastor, 42-year-old Bae Hyung-kyu, and former IT worker Shim Sung-min, 29.

Seoul had already said it planned to withdraw its troops by the end of the year.

Some 200 South Korean non-combat personnel are deployed in the country to help with reconstruction efforts.

Posted 8/28/07
I like reading the news...It's interesting but sometimes reading is boring...Someone want to read this while recording and post it =X I'm too lazy to read it all [I would rather listen]
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Taleban militants say they have agreed to free 19 South Koreans held hostage for more than a month in Afghanistan.
Seoul said the agreement was reached on condition its troops were withdrawn as scheduled by the year's end.

South Korea also agreed to end all missionary work in Afghanistan and stop its citizens from travelling there.

The rebels kidnapped 23 Christian charity workers from Ghazni province on 19 July. They subsequently killed two male hostages, and freed two women.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead, in Kabul, says no exact release date has been given, but the Taleban have said they will start working straight away to free them.

There has been no mention of money being paid, our correspondent adds, but it is thought that a ransom may have been part of the deal.

A Taleban representative, an official from the South Korean government and mediators issued a statement in Ghazni - where the 19 are being held - saying that they had come to an agreement and the hostages would be released as soon as possible.

The announcement was greeted with celebrations in South Korea, where families have been waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones.


Cho Myung-ho, whose 28-year-old daughter Lee Joo-yeon is being held hostage, told the Associated Press: "I would like to dance."

Kim Kyung-ja (left) and Kim Ji-na were freed earlier this month

The Christian church that the hostages belonged to, near Seoul, said all the families were "rejoicing".

"They are busy calling other family members and friends at the moment to pass the news," Bang Yong-kyun, pastor at the Saemmul Church, told Reuters.

Tuesday's agreement came after South Korean negotiators met Taleban representatives in the central town of Ghazni.

Tribal elders and two diplomats from the Indonesian embassy in Kabul also took part in the talks.


It was the fourth time the two sides had held direct negotiations - all of the meetings being mediated by members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.



But it was the first time the sides had met since two of the female hostages were freed two weeks ago.

The South Koreans were seized in Ghazni province as they travelled by bus along the main Kandahar to Kabul highway.

In late July, the Taleban murdered two of the male hostages - the group's pastor, 42-year-old Bae Hyung-kyu, and former IT worker Shim Sung-min, 29.

Seoul had already said it planned to withdraw its troops by the end of the year.

Some 200 South Korean non-combat personnel are deployed in the country to help with reconstruction efforts.

great to hear they are going to be release, also good korea is finally gonna get out of iraq,

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^They are getting out of Afghanistan
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^ ROFL
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^They are getting out of Afghanistan

yea Afghanistan
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Bush attacks 'forces of radicalism'
Bush said he had authorised US commanders in Iraq "to confront Tehran's murderous activities" [AFP]
Withdrawing US forces from Iraq would leave the Middle East to the "forces of radicalism" and jeopardise US security, according to George Bush, the US president.

Bush's comments on Tuesday came as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said the US was losing in Iraq and that Iran would fill the "power vacuum" in the region.

Soon after Bush's declaration that he had "authorised our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities", US soldiers arrested members of an Iranian electricity ministry delegation in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Hotel raid

Radio Sawa, a US-financed Arabic language station, said the group included six members of an Iranian delegation in Baghdad to negotiate contracts on electric power stations.


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The Iranian embassy said the six from Iran's electricity ministry and an embassy employee were staying at the Sheraton Ishtar hotel in central Baghdad, which American forces entered late on Tuesday.

The Associated Press filmed the American soldiers leading about 10 blindfolded men who had their hands cuffed.

The US military declined to comment on the raid, saying the action was part of an ongoing operation.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been running high since the US in January arrested five Iranians they say are members of Iran's elite Quds Force, which is accused of arming and training Iraqi fighters.

Tehran said the five are diplomats and have demanded their release.
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^ George Bush doesn't know what he's doing
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Roddick eases through u.s. open first round despite a patchy performance.
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^ George Bush doesn't know what he's doing


at least tries.
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Posted 8/29/07
The Korean hostages have been released today
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You should name this CR WORLD NEWS.


hehe totally ^^ that would be nice.

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wow your country sure got a lot of news man . thx
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Yo keelo have you tolld the mod to change the name in to CR WORLD NEWS?
Come on men you lettin us down.....
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animecrazy86 wrote:

Yo keelo have you tolld the mod to change the name in to CR WORLD NEWS?
Come on men you lettin us down.....


yeah, I told mauz but, he hasn't responded to my message yet.never mind


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