Bashar Noorzai, a warlord and Taliban associate, was released from a US prison in  exchange for American navy veteran, Mark Frerichs, detained in Afghanistan for more than two years. Photo: AFP
Bashar Noorzai, a warlord and Taliban associate, was released from a US prison in exchange for American navy veteran, Mark Frerichs, detained in Afghanistan for more than two years. Photo: AFP

US national freed in exchange for key Taliban ally jailed for heroin smuggling

  • Mark Frerichs was working as a civil engineer on construction projects in Afghanistan when he was ‘taken hostage’, Washington previously said
  • Bashar Noorzai, a militia commander and Taliban associate, was sentenced to life imprisonment for heroin smuggling and had served 17 years

Bashar Noorzai, a warlord and Taliban associate, was released from a US prison in  exchange for American navy veteran, Mark Frerichs, detained in Afghanistan for more than two years. Photo: AFP
Bashar Noorzai, a warlord and Taliban associate, was released from a US prison in exchange for American navy veteran, Mark Frerichs, detained in Afghanistan for more than two years. Photo: AFP
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