“Taliban video purportedly shows American, Australian hostages” CNN

Peter Bergen reports that the Afghan Taliban has released the first “proof of life” video of two teachers, one American and one Australian. The teachers were abducted five months ago in western Kabul. In the video, the teachers ask for a prisoner swap. Bergen states that while it might be politically difficult for the Afghan government to release prisoners in exchange for the hostages, it could provide leverage for the Trump administration to have a continued American presence in Afghanistan.

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