The U.S. welcomed the release of two professors abducted from Kabul, Afghanistan in 2016, the White House said Tuesday.

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped by the Taliban at gunpoint.

The professors will soon be reunited with their loved ones.

The Taliban also freed 10 Afghan soldiers in a an prisoner swap deal.

The Afghan government reportedly released Anas Haqqani, the son of armed Haqqani network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, and the two other Taliban figures: Hafiz Abd Rashid and Mali Khan. Official sources told Anadolu Agency

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