The two were kidnapped in August 2016 outside Kabul's American University of Afghanistan where they worked.
Academic Timothy Weeks is back home on Australian soil with his family after being released by the Taliban.
Timothy Weeks at a news conference on Sunday in Sydney.
"The just lately launched Taliban hostage stated he believes US Navy blue SEALS " were right outdoors our door" throughout a number of unsuccessful rescue makes an attempt - nevertheless " missed us only simply by hours.More news: Pound US dollar exchange rate steady, United Kingdom manufacturing PMI contracts in November
An attempt was made in April of this year. Weeks said his guards woke him up at 2 a.m., who told him they were being attacked by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), and transferred him to a tunnel under where they were detained.
"I believe now it was the Navy SEALs coming in to get us", Mr Weeks told reporters. The second that we acquired into the tunnels, we had been one or two metres underground and there was an enormous bang on the entrance door. And our guards went up and there were a lot of machine guns. Weeks said he was knocked unconscious when he fell over backward into the tunnel.
In detailing a hellish life that passed by moving between windowless cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Weeks said that "after nearly 1,200 days, our awful experience ended as abruptly as it had begun".
However he by no means gave up hope as a result of "in the event you quit hope, there's little or no left for you".
"I've never, never, never lost hope, and I think in this kind of situation, if you lose all hope, there will be very little left for you", said Weeks, accompanied by his sisters Alyssa and Jo Carter. "I knew that I would leave that place eventually", he said.More news: Lightning in tough stretch, face Hurricanes next
Weeks also thanked the leader of the Taliban and his Taliban guards, who he said treated him well.
"I know a lot of people don't admit this, but for me, they were soldiers", he said. They were there because they were ordered to come and look after me.
"Some of them were so compassionate and such lovely, lovely people".
"From the moment I sighted both Black Hawk helicopters and was placed in the hands of the special forces, I knew my long and tortuous ordeal had come to an end", he said. And squaddies obey the commands of their commanders.
Mr Weeks and Mr King, also an academic, were freed this month in exchange for three senior militants held by the Afghan authorities, in a deal aimed at kick-starting peace talks. He just put his arm around it. from me and m held in his arms He said: "Are you okay?" & # 39; And then he accompanied me back to the Black Hawk.More news: Essex Police launch murder investigation after boy, 12, dies in collision
'The time that I spent as a hostage with the Taliban has had a profound and unimaginable effect on me, ' he said. "There is nothing else in the world that I need".