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US and Taliban exchange prisoners: engineer is released in exchange for drug lord

Mark Frerichs, 60, a US Navy veteran, was working in Afghanistan as an engineer on construction projects when he was kidnapped in February 2020, a year and a half before the Taliban took power, according to the US.

He was believed to have been kidnapped by the extremist Haqqani network, one of the mainstays of the Taliban, which the US has labeled a terrorist organization.

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