Taliban free American engineer Mark Frerichs in prisoner swap

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The Taliban and the United States have completed a prisoner swap, Afghanistan’s foreign minister says, with an American navy veteran traded for a key associate of the Afghan rulers. Mark Frerichs was handed over at Kabul airport on Monday, the Taliban said. In return they received Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban ally serving a life sentence for drug trafficking. Securing his freedom was an election pledge of President Joe Biden. The detention of the former navy veteran has been a major impediment to improving relations between the US and the Taliban.
2 months ago·Washington, United States

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