In exchange for Haji Bashir Noorzai, a high-ranking member of the Koranic students. The American engineer Frerichs was considered the last US prisoner still in the hands of the Islamist group in Afghanistan
Exchange of prisoners between the government of Kabul and that of Washington. The Taliban announced that they had released an American engineer, Mark Frerichs, who was captured two years ago in Afghanistan and considered the last US prisoner still in the hands of the Islamist group.
In exchange, the United States gave a high-ranking member of the Taliban, Bashir Noorzai, a freedom, as explained by the Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi during a press conference.
Frerich was handed over to the American authorities at Kabul airport in exchange for Noorzai, considered close to the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar. This was reported by the Afghan broadcaster Tolo TV, recalling that Noorzai was in prison for 17 years on drug trafficking charges. He was arrested in 2005 in New York and sentenced to life in prison.
The head of the Taliban diplomacy then took advantage of the prisoner exchange to affirm that “force and war never give results”, while “dialogue and negotiations make it possible to find a solution to everything”.