A Huge Relief

by Joshua Foust on 6/29/2011

I can’t properly describe how happy I am to see Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, two French journalists working for France 3 television, were freed along with their interpreter, Reza Din. When they were first abducted about 18 months ago in Kapisa province, it was a huge surprise—while they had been traveling through an area known for insurgency, there had never really been an abduction threat nearby.

To keep things in context, these three were held in captivity, most likely by Harakat but maybe by the Haqqanis or HiG, for nearly three times as long as journalist-turned-analyst David Rhode. I hope everyone else can be patient with me while they get readjusted to being back home and reconnecting with their families, before bombarding them with questions about what they experienced and saw.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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