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Most of 5 freed Taliban prisoners have less than hard-core pasts
Most of 5 freed Taliban prisoners have less than hard-core pasts

Arriving in the western Afghanistan city of Herat in the late 1990s during Taliban rule, Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai expected a locked-down, cowering population. Instead, he heard residents openly criticize the militant Islamic movement. At the provincial government offices, he saw a parade of local clerics come to meet the governor, founding Taliban member Khairullah Khairkhwa, who greeted them in the local Persian, a language most of his comrades didn't speak. "He knew these people didn't really support the Taliban, so he made an extra effort," said Yusufzai, who has covered Afghanistan for three decades. "He was a friendly man and did not try to force his views on you."...

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