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Taliban fighters were lovely and just doing their job: freed hostage

Australian academic released in a prisoner swap after three years says US forces made six rescue attempts

Ben Farmer

An Australian lecturer held hostage by the Taliban said some of his guards were “lovely people” as he disclosed that US special forces launched six unsuccessful rescue bids.

Timothy Weeks spent more than three years locked up, often in the dark and underground, after he and Kevin King, a colleague, were seized in Kabul.

In his first public appearance since he was freed in a prisoner swap, the 50-year-old said he believed US Navy SEAL teams had launched repeated rescue missions, sometimes only missing their targets by hours...

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