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Jdeidet Yabus (Syria) (AFP) - A group of nuns kidnapped in a Syrian village were freed Monday, part of a rare prisoner swap in a three-year war whose brutality is highlighted in a new Amnesty report. Jihadists seized the 13 nuns and three maids on December 3 from the famed Christian village of Maalula -- where residents still speak the ancient Aramaic of Jesus Christ -- and took them to the nearby town of Yabrud. The women, who arrived after midnight at the regime-held town of Jdeidet Yabus near the border with Lebanon, were exhausted but full of praise for those who negotiated their release. We thank (Syria's) President Bashar al-Assad for being in contact with the emir of Qatar" Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, one of the nuns told reporters.