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Afghanistan: exchange of prisoners between the United States and the Taliban

Afghanistan: Prisoner swap between the United States and the Taliban

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The Taliban on Monday handed over a US Navy veteran detained for more than two years to the United States in exchange for the release of a key member of the Taliban regime, the foreign minister said Taliban.  

“Today Mark Frerichs was handed over to the United States and Haji Bashar was handed over to us at Kabul airport,” said Amir Khan Muttaqi, during the a press conference in the Afghan capital.

Bashir Noorzai, an Afghan warlord and member of the Taliban imprisoned for life in the United States for heroin trafficking, arrived in Kabul on Sunday evening, reported several Afghan government officials. 

Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP that Bashir Noorzai did not hold an official position in the Taliban, but that he had “provided significant support, including weapons”, when the movement emerged in the 1990s. 

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