Family breathes huge sigh of relief after release of Mark Frerichs, Lombard contractor held by Taliban since 2020

LOMBARD, Ill. (CBS) — Monday marked the first day of freedom in two and a half years for Mark Frerichs, a suburban man held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Frerichs was released Monday in a prisoner swap. The Navy veteran had spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor when he was … Read more

Taliban says it freed American Mark Frerichs in prisoner swap for high-ranking Taliban official

Mark Frerichs in undated family photo. CBS News Islamabad, Pakistan — A senior Taliban detainee held for years at Guantanamo Bay said Monday he was released and handed over earlier in the day to the Taliban in Kabul, in exchange for an American prisoner held in Afghanistan. Bashir Noorzai, a notorious drug lord and member … Read more