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Taliban frees last American prisoner in Afghanistan in prisoner swap with the US

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The Taliban freed the final U.S. prisoner being held hostage in Afghanistan on Monday as a part of a prisoner swap with the U.S. authorities.

March Frerichs, a U.S. Navy veteran and engineer, was first kidnapped by the Taliban from Kabul in 2020 whereas working as a contractor. His freedom got here in alternate for the discharge of Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban member convicted in 2008 of operating an expansive heroin smuggling operation.

President Joe Biden commuted Noorzai’s sentence and the alternate came about on the airport in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.

The Taliban had lengthy denied duty for Frerich’s abduction, however the group was capable of produce him for the alternate.

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Mark Frerichs, a U.S. veteran and civilian contractor, was held greater than 2 years in Afghanistan by the Taliban. Frerichs household says he has been freed by the Taliban. (Charlene Cakora by way of AP)

Bashir Noorzai, prison, speaks during his release ceremony, at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Bashir Noorzai, jail, speaks throughout his launch ceremony, on the Intercontinental Lodge, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photograph/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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The alternate comes because the U.S. and the Taliban proceed to barter the return of billions of {dollars} value of frozen belongings to the nation. The funds had belonged to the now-defunct U.S.-backed authorities of Afghanistan, which fell to the Taliban final 12 months.

The Biden administration and the United Nations are working to launch the funds in an effort to stabilize the Afghan financial system, which has all however collapsed underneath Taliban rule and Western sanctions. Humanitarian organizations have warned that the Afghan folks might face starvation within the impending winter.

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The U.S. seeks to keep away from sending funds on to the Taliban by establishing a Swiss belief fund that will management the funds and distribute them for humanitarian wants. Nonprofits warned earlier this 12 months that a lot of U.S. help to Afghanistan was going on to the Taliban.

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