US and Afghanistan carry out prisoner exchange

The US and Afghanistan have completed a prisoner swap, exchanging navy veteran Mark Frerichs (above) for Bashar Noorzai, a Taliban warlord. – AFP pic, September 19, 2022.

THE United States and the Taliban have completed a prisoner swap, Afghanistan’s foreign minister said today, with an American navy veteran traded for a key ally.  

Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said Mark Frerichs—kidnapped in 2020—was exchanged for Bashar Noorzai, a warlord and Taliban associate imprisoned for 17 years in the United States for heroin smuggling.  

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