The video was obtained by The New Yorker and Frerichs’ sister confirmed his identity.
Along with Frerichs, the Taliban also detained British citizen Peter Jouvenal, a businessman and former television journalist who filmed Osama bin Laden’s first television interview for CNN in 1997. Jouvenal and I have been friends since we worked together for CNN in Afghanistan. nearly three decades ago.
If the Taliban sincerely want to be treated as the de facto government responsible for Afghanistan, they should release the British and American citizens they continue to detain.
The Islamic holy season of Ramadan begins around the world, which is traditionally a time of charity and reconciliation. The Taliban should use this opportunity to release the six detainees they are holding.