Breaking: Taliban to release all 19 South Korean hostages

posted at 7:55 am on August 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

Wonderful news to start the day. I wonder what the quid pro quo is. Standby.

Update: Christians be gone!

Under the terms of the agreement, South Korea agreed to stick by its previous decision to withdraw its 200 non-combat troops from Afghanistan, which work mostly in an engineering and medical capacity.

In addition, Seoul will halt all Christian missionary work in Afghanistan.

Update: They’ll be released in three or four days, but the German engineer and four Afghans who were kidnapped last month are still being held. The Taliban wants 10 prisoners in exchange for them.

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The Western Union Kabul office must have opened.

JiangxiDad on August 28, 2007 at 8:07 AM

Well, that’s good news. I’ll assume they agreed never to airdrop any soccer balls containing hidden messages of Christianity.

JammieWearingFool on August 28, 2007 at 8:09 AM

What a great gift for my Daughters 13th Birthday! I hope this all comes together as we are hearing.

ajmontana on August 28, 2007 at 8:11 AM

Glad to hear their getting out but will the islamist bastards that held them captive agree to halt their push for a world under sharia law??

Didn’t think so.

Talon on August 28, 2007 at 8:15 AM

How shallow and delicate their faith must be that they would fear a handful of Korean missionaries…

TheBigOldDog on August 28, 2007 at 8:17 AM

And after the hostages are released, find the thugs and nuke ‘em!

ricelchew on August 28, 2007 at 8:17 AM

How shallow and delicate their faith must be that they would fear a handful of Korean missionaries…

TheBigOldDog on August 28, 2007 at 8:17 AM

I know you weren’t trying to be ironic, but in fact they are fearful of true believers who take their faith seriously enough to fight for it. They rarely enounter that from the West. Of course, that’s not a new idea. The void left by Christianity’s removal from social life, especially in Europe, is being filled.

JiangxiDad on August 28, 2007 at 8:31 AM

I’m glad they’re released, but even more happy that they were released for practically nothing. There’s no reason for the South Korean government to hold their end of the bargain once they’ve been released, and I would hope that they instead send MORE troops to Afghanistan to hunt down and kill the ones responsible.

Its Tommy on August 28, 2007 at 8:41 AM

This is awesome, AP. Thanks for being the one to break the news.

It’s good to hear something positive from one of your favourite news sources, hands down.

Christoph on August 28, 2007 at 8:43 AM

South Korea has not been big on the war, so I’m waiting for the “blame America” statement from someone associated with them.

madmonkphotog on August 28, 2007 at 8:47 AM

so I’m waiting for the “blame America” statement from someone associated with them.

They have to coordinate first with brother Kim in the glorious North.

JiangxiDad on August 28, 2007 at 8:58 AM

glad to hear this, but lets not forget the 2 who won’t be able to join them back to Korea. I’m really saddened by this situation.

flipflopper on August 28, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Why would the hostages agree to leave?

They went there to demonstrate their faith.

The Taliban are demonstrating theirs (terroristic, intolerant, supremacist).

Stand fast, Korean Christians.

profitsbeard on August 28, 2007 at 9:18 AM

All 19 is not really true. 19 of the 21 hostages would be better. The worshippers of the demon moon god Allah murdered the other two.

I’m happy for the Christian workers being released but Afghanistan needs Jesus Christ. This won’t stop the gospel from getting in.

Negotiating with terrorists ALWAYS brings more terrorism.

Mojave Mark on August 28, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Thank God

JWS on August 28, 2007 at 9:35 AM

I did not wish the South Koreans harm but”…negotiating with terrorists always brings more terrorism.” is true. This incident will leave all Christian evangelists in Muslim countries at risk from now on.It’s just another ploy in the Islamic control arsenal.

jeanie on August 28, 2007 at 9:56 AM

How on earth does South Korea propose to enforce a ban on its churches sending missionaries to Afghanistan? I wonder if the 19 would have agreed to those terms, and if the churches in S.K. really intend to follow through with that. I rather suspect not.

TexasDan on August 28, 2007 at 9:57 AM

I bet the Koreans announce that they’re pulling all troops out within 6 months and they offer an apology for allowing Christians to preach in an Islamic country.

rotorhead on August 28, 2007 at 10:27 AM

ricelchew: “And after the hostages are released, find the thugs and nuke ‘em!”

It’s the only way to be sure.

Tantor on August 28, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Under the terms of the agreement, South Korea agreed to stick by its previous decision to withdraw its 200 non-combat troops from Afghanistan, which work mostly in an engineering and medical capacity.

The Taliban is so afraid of Christians that they would deny the Afghanis the benefits that would come from the humanitarian work of the South Koreans. Mind-boggling.

Mallard T. Drake on August 28, 2007 at 11:22 AM

I’ll believe it when I see it. To me it sounds more like the Taliban wasn’t in the papers anymore-the hostage taking was basically an old story nearly forgotten. To gin up interest again, promise to release the hostages and then, once it’s the news focus once more, repeat the demands, maybe kill another hostage to prove how zealous they are about their religion.

Doug on August 28, 2007 at 12:36 PM

Breaking: Taliban to release all 19 South Korean hostages

You mean the 19 remaining hostages, right?

HockeyTemper on August 28, 2007 at 1:34 PM

The world has become a little less safe. Like any animal, they will always return to a source of food. In this case kidnapping and murder. The motivation to continue this practice is firmly in place.

Zaire67 on August 28, 2007 at 3:23 PM