“If we can work with a new Afghan government in a way that helps secure those interests – including the safe return of Mark Frerichs, a U.S. citizen who has been held hostage in the region since early last year – and in a way that brings greater stability to the country and region and protects the gains of the past two decades, we will do it.”
Sec. of State Antony Blinken in remarks after the end of the military mission in Afghanistan.
aug 31, 2021
- Mark Frerichs is a 59-year-old civil engineer from Illinois.
- He lived in Kabul for 10 years.
- The Navy veteran was kidnapped by the Taliban more than a year ago.
- The White House and the State Dept. have been asked about his status.
It's notable the secretary of state mentioned him in prepared remarks.
- Big Picture: Frerichs is one of more than 100 Americans left in Afghanistan after America's military withdrawal.