One of the 22 South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan spoke to a Reuters reporter today, saying she and the other remaining hostages are continually moved to different locations. She appealed to both the Taliban and the Afghan government to free them.
A senior Afghan official said force “certainly” will be used if necessary to free the captives, Reuters reports.
The government has pledged not to exchange captured Taliban fighters for the Koreans, a deal the Taliban wants and says it has been promised. President Hamid Karzai drew criticism in March for releasing five Taliban prisoners in exchange for an Italian reporter. The leader of the captured church group was shot to death Wednesday.