The Talibanforce holding seven Russian air crewmen and their airplane inKandahar is willing to negotiate their release if Moscow providesdetailed information on what Taliban believes to be some 60,000Afghans deported to Russian territory during the Soviet occupationof Afghanistan. Russian diplomats who contacted the Taliban captorsreported that result to Moscow, according to Russian and Westernagencies August 15. Russia’s foreign ministry termed Taliban’sclaim "mythical." Taliban captured the Russian transportairplane and crew August 3 with a cargo of arms and ammunitiondestined for the Afghan government.
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