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January 15, 2022

Family of American Held Hostage By Taliban Begs Biden for Help

The family of the sole American hostage being held in Afghanistan by the Taliban is desperate for help.

According to the Washington Examiner, “the Taliban have been saying for more than a year that they are willing to negotiate [Mark Frerichs’] release and were on board for a prisoner swap. The Biden administration hasn’t bitten, though similar deals were made during the Obama and Trump administrations.”

A civil engineer and former member of the U.S. Navy, Frerichs worked as a contractor for a decade overseas before he was abducted in Kabul on January 31, 2020.

According to the Examiner, the Taliban has said they’re willing to free Frerichs if the U.S. releases Bashir Noorzai, an Afghan drug lord serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison for smuggling $50 million of heroin into the country.

Frerichs’ sister, Charlene Cakora, told the outlet she wants the government to make the deal and bring her brother home but has hit a wall, first with the Trump administration and now with the Biden administration.

“Three months before Frerichs’s kidnapping, former President Donald Trump approved a controversial prisoner swap that sparked protests internationally. The Haqqanis released two American University professors, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks, who were taken at gunpoint in Kabul in August 2016, as well as 10 Afghan soldiers. In exchange, and under pressure from the State Department, the Afghan government released three high-ranking Haqqani commanders who had a disturbing history of carrying out car bombings and assassinations,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Cakora told the outlet she thought the Trump administration would negotiate with the Taliban for her brother’s release, but instead, it repeatedly ignored the family’s requests, shut it out of conversations, and then finally just said no.

Then a month after her brother’s kidnapping, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Afghanistan’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban negotiators to formalize the agreement to withdraw the U.S. military. They eventually reached a deal on February 29, 2020, which included feeding up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. There wasn’t any mention of the only known U.S. hostage still being held captive in Afghanistan.

Cakora said the situation had taken a massive toll on their family. So far, there hasn’t been any indication of help from President Joe Biden.

“In late June, then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was pressed by reporters to comment on Frerichs’s kidnapping. He said his government would do what it could to help but admitted the topic never came up during his meeting with [Biden] at the White House,” the outlet reported.

The U.S. failed to utilize one of the last times it had leverage to demand Frerichs’ release: during the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

The State Department told the outlet it had been in regular contact with the family, though it didn’t say “what, if anything,” it’s doing to bring Frerichs home.

“The families of Americans held captive abroad can face incredible hardships as they tirelessly advocate for their loved ones,” the department told the outlet in an emailed statement. “We remain in regular contact with families, including the family of Mark Frerichs. We are grateful for their partnership and feedback, and we work to ensure that we are sharing information in a way that is helpful.”

The email added: “The safe and immediate release of U.S. citizen and Navy veteran Mark Frerichs is imperative. We have made that clear to the Taliban. As the Taliban seek legitimacy, they cannot continue to hold a U.S. citizen hostage. The Taliban must immediately release Mark Frerichs.”


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Mark Frerichs, sole American hostage held in Afghanistan, nears third year in captivity

11 comments on Family of American Held Hostage By Taliban Begs Biden for Help

  1. CPO Bill says:

    He doesn’t give a pelowsi’s ass for any prisoners or any one else!

    1. Harry Greene says:

      Biden is a selfish Son of a bitch who like his gay son Hunter should rot in a prison cell. I have a solution, trade Biden and Obama for this man.

    2. SEABEETOM says:

      You have got that right on.

  2. libra says:

    The Biden/Obama team had no qualms about paying ransoms to the Iranians with the pallets of cash and Gold they sent along with billions in all sorts of currencies in order for the Iranians to continue with their World- Wide Terrorism at least until President Trump dispatched the Iranians top Terrorist General to Paradise where he lives today with 72(virgin) goats. An American citizen and a trained Civil Engineer must have some value to the USA.. At least he was a taxpayer until he was kidnapped unlike all of the worst of the Worst from 4th World countries you have invited to come to American and leech off of the taxpayers. Bring that poor guy home to his family after all the disaster that is Afghanistan is all your fault for not letting your Generals do the pull out.

  3. Thomas says:

    The Buffoon will let him rot the Buffoon sucks up to his bro Obamy who loves the terrists and the sounds of screams in the night.

    1. Ken says:

      I’m sure Biden would make a deal for a breifcase full of cash or definitely for a cute little Afghan girl about 9 years old.

      1. Phillyp says:

        What does it take to be flagged from this comments section?

  4. akhenaton s johnson says:

    instead of projecting angry-unpleasant energy towards Biden, I hope we project hopeful and loving energy to Have Mr Frerichs back here with our greater American Family, like he was one of our own family as well.

  5. Norine says:

    I Pray to ALMIGHTY GOD TO Release HIS OUTSTRETCHED Right Hand-Strong Powerful ARM to Rescue and Hold Securely Mark Frerichs from Evil, Wicked Children of The devil. I bind All strongman, Jezebel, Baal, antichrist, principalities, rulers of darkness, death, destruction, belial spirits, All connected spirits operating against Mark French’s and All other innocent victims, I command all involved spirits to Release Everyone NOW, I command all involved spirits to be Dismantled, Powerless, Go into The Presence of HOLY GHOST and be UPROOTED, Destroyed By GOD’S FIRE ???? FROM HIS MOUTH-GOD’S BREATH, GOD’S CLENCHED FIST TO STRIKE, CONSUME A OPERATING ASSIGNED EVIL SPIRITS. I LOOSE GOD’S WORD AMOS 1, “GOD Will Send Down FIRE ???? On The Walls Of The Taliban And DESTROY ALL FORTRESSES NOW. I Pray TO ALMIGHTY GOD TO Release THE MAJESTY of HIS GLORY THROUGHOUT Afghanistan, America, China And The Earth. SWIFTLY. No weapon that is formed against Mark-Family members, other innocent victims shall prosper. “They shall live and NOT Die and Declare the works of THE LORD” “HAVE FAITH IN GOD” I Trust And DEPEND on ALMIGHTY GOD’S Justice Fairness Honesty and Truth to continue to Expose and Destroy All Wicked opposition Conspiracies that’s working against ALMIGHTY GOD’S PLANS-AGENDA FOR AMERICA-ISRAEL-THE EARTH. No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper (all who agree with these words) “IF GOD IS FOR US HE IS MORE THAN THE WORLD AGAINST US” “GOD CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH IN ALL THINGS” Including Mark and other innocent victims. “THE LORD HAS MADE THE HEAVENS HIS THRONE; FROM THERE GOD RULES OVER EVERYTHING” I Decree And Declare IN JESUS NAME AND ???? AUTHORITY

  6. Joe says:

    What would u expect from a walking dead zombie, that doesn’t know what day,week,year it is. hidenbiden is the traitor. and the danger to all of us.

  7. marlene says:

    They should appeal to the US State Department. It will be their decision, not biden’s. His ears are deaf. That’s why he speaks for “the president” because he doesn’t even know who he is.

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