Afghanistan And America Conflict: The Taliban today handed over a US Navy veteran detained for more than two years to the United States in exchange for the release of a key ally. This information has been given by Amir Khan Muttaki, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan.
‘The exchange took place after a long conversation’
Amir Khan Muttaki said that Mark Frerich was kidnapped in 2020. At the same time, the foreign minister also told that Haji Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban ally, was imprisoned for 17 years in the US for smuggling heroin. Muttaki said the swap happened “after a long conversation”.
According to the US State Department, "The US Navy veteran was working as a civil engineer on construction projects in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped."
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Noorzai contacted US troops in Afghanistan after 2001 and traveled to the US. In 2005, when Noorzai was in New York, he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by a US court.
According to Reuters, Noorzai’s lawyer later denied his client was a drug dealer and argued that the charges should be dropped, as US government officials assured him that he would not be arrested.