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How important is the prisoner exchange between the US and Afghanistan? | Taliban

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The Taliban released an American contractor in exchange for an Afghan drug dealer.

The Taliban released US Navy veteran Mark Frerichs in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader.

Frerichs was kidnapped in February 2020 while Bashir Noorzai was serving a life sentence for heroin smuggling.

US President Joe Biden said the decision was not light.

The Taliban say this is a new era of relations with Washington.

But will it change anything?

And is a diplomatic relationship between the Taliban and the US possible?

Presenters: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guest:

Peter Zwack – Retired Brigade Commander in the US Army

Graeme Smith – Senior Advisor on Afghanistan to the International Crisis Group

Ahmad Shuja Jamal – Former director general for international relations and regional cooperation at the National Security Council of Afghanistan

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