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The Taliban Monday released American Mark Frerichs after more than two years in captivity. US President Joe Biden negotiated a prisoner swap and exchanged Bashir Noorzai, an associate of the Taliban, for Frerichs. In a statement, Biden explained “ringing the negotiations that led to Mark’s freedom to a successful resolution required difficult decisions, which I [...]

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Iran Tuesday released Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah on furlough for five days, Adelkhah’s supporters announced. The Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal Support Committee stated the furlough provides only “temporary relief from suffering” but may be renewable. Adelkhah will remain under judicial supervision during her temporary release. Adelkhah is a researcher at the Paris Institute of [...]

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The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Wednesday released a report holding the ruling Taliban regime responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and other inhumane punishments over the course of nearly a year since the Taliban seized power. UNAMA’s report extensively outlines the deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. It [...]

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