Navy vet freed by Taliban, after being held hostage for more than 2 years

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) - A Lombard contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years by the Taliban has now been released.

Mark Frerichs was a U.S. Navy veteran who had spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor. He was abducted in January 2020 and was last seen in a video distributed earlier this year.

Negotiations for Frerichs’ release had centered on a deal that would also involve the release of a notorious drug lord and member of the Taliban, who reportedly spent 17 years in U.S. captivity

The Biden administration did not immediately confirm details of the prisoner swap, but a sister of Frerichs is thanking U.S. government officials who helped secure her brother's release.

The Taliban-appointed foreign minister spoke to reporters and called the exchange a "new era" in U.S.-Taliban relations.