The South Korean government announced earlier today that the Taliban have agreed to release the 19 Christian hostages that they have been holding captive for the past six weeks. Relatives of the hostages (pictured) expressed their joy and relief at the news. “I would like to dance,” said Cho Myung-ho, mother of 28-year-old hostage Lee Joo-yeon.
A spokesman for the South Korean President told reporters. ‚ÄúThe two sides reached agreement on the release of all 19 Korean hostages on condition that the Korean government withdraws its troops in Afghanistan by the end of this year and bans missionary work by Korean Christians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”