Family of Lombard man pleads for return of last-known US Taliban hostage amid Afghanistan withdrawal

Mark Frerichs was taken from Kabul in January 2020

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Lombard man remains last US Taliban hostage as Afghanistan falls
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The family of Lombard man Mark Frerichs, who remains the last American Taliban hostage, continues to fight for his release amid Afghanistan withdrawal

LOMBARD, Ill. (WLS) -- The Afghanistan crisis is creating a more desperate situation for the family of Lombard civil engineer Mark Frerichs.

Frerichs is the last-known U.S. hostage held by the Taliban.

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In a statement, Frerich's sister Charlene Cakora said, "[We] want all US Troops home safely, but my brother should be able to come home too."

In June, Cakora also did an exclusive interview with ABC News, where she had a direct message for President Joe Biden: "You have the power to bring my brother home; please get my brother home safely. We are relying on you," she said. "He's an American citizen. And I know that you would not leave an American citizen behind."

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Frerichs was a U.S. Navy veteran working as a civil engineer when he was kidnapped by the Taliban in Kabul in January 2020.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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