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Confusion over 'freed' Taleban figure

There were conflicting reports on Wednesday over the fate of top former Taleban figure, Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai denying earlier statements that he had been released. Mr Mutawakil’s uncle had claimed the former foreign minister was now free in the southern city of Kandahar, apparently confirming an earlier Afghan foreign ministry report. However, Mr Karzai told reporters at the presidential palace: “This is not true, this is absolutely not true, he has not been released.” The US special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, standing next to Mr Karzai, added: “We have not released him yet.” And Colonel Rodney Davis, the US military spokesman at Bagram air base near Kabul, where Mr Mutawakil has been held for 18 months, said he was unaware of the release. Full Story

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