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BREAKING: They’ve Been Freed!


An American woman and her family who have been held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed, ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and F.B.I. agents involved in trying to secure their release, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The family was in Pakistan early Thursday, and the White House was preparing to release a statement once they are safely in American hands, according to a person who described their status on condition of anonymity because the details have not yet been made public.


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