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Mark Frerichs: US hostage swapped for Afghan leader linked to Taliban


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The Taliban have released a US engineer they had held hostage since 2020 in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader held in US custody since 2005.

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.

There was no immediate word from the US government or the family of Mr Frerichs. Securing his freedom was an election pledge of President Joe Biden.

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