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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taliban Offers Swap

ISLAMABAD () -- U.S. Senator Hank Brown said Wednesday that leaders of the Afghan Taliban militia had told him they were ready to free seven Russian airmen in exchange for seven Afghans they said were being held by Moscow.

"They indicated that they would be willing to release [the Russians] in exchange for seven Afghans they believed were being held by Russians now," he told a news conference in Islamabad.

The Taliban rebels have held the Russian airmen in the southern city of Kandahar since forcing their ammunition-laden Ilyushin-76 cargo plane to land there in August 1995.