Mark R. Frerichs Wiki – Biography
U.S. officials believe Mark R. Frerichs, 57, of Lombard, Illinois, was kidnapped by the Haqqani network, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The American contractor who was reportedly captured by Taliban-aligned militants in Afghanistan last week, has been identified as Mark R. Frerichs from Illinois. https://t.co/2e6KY8Sd2O
— CEP (@FightExtremism) February 6, 2020
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Mark R. Frerichs Kidnapping in Khost Province Afghanistan
An American citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated group and authorities are working to rescue him.
He was abducted last week in Khost province, in the eastern part of the country, according to Newsweek, which first reported the suspected kidnapping.
Khost province is the headquarters of the Haqqani network. In November, Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajuddin, the Taliban’s deputy head and chief of the Haqqani network, was freed in exchange for the release of American professor Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks.
— 1TVNewsAF (@1TVNewsAF) February 6, 2020
Mark R. Frerichs Taliban Statement
The Taliban said it had no information on the kidnapping and nothing to say about it. No one has claimed responsibility for kidnapping Frerichs.
The kidnapping comes as the United States and Taliban try to reach an agreement that would reduce hostilities in Afghanistan and open a window to signing a peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war, bring U.S. troops home and start negotiations between combatants on both sides of the conflict to decide the face of a future Afghanistan.
Mark R. Frerichs FBI statement
The investigation is being handled by the FBI-led Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, a multi-agency effort created by the Obama administration amid criticism over the government’s response to hostage-taking.
The two professors at the American University in Afghanistan were kidnapped in 2016 in the Afghan capital, Kabul.