US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker| Wis News
The White House announced on Monday that a Taliban drug lord imprisoned in the US had been exchanged for an American contractor held captive in Afghanistan for more than two years. This marked a rare breakthrough in U.S.-Taliban negotiations since the militant group took power a little more than a year ago. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs, who had worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan for more than ten years, was kidnapped in January 2020 and is thought to have been kept captive by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban. Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban associate was convicted in a heroin trafficking scheme who had served 17 years in prison before being freed, was acquired in exchange for him.