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Congressman urges Biden to prioritize American’s release from Taliban

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Committee Ranking Member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, speaks during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated that it is still unclear what the Biden administration’s plan is for securing the release of American citizen Ryan Corbett from Taliban custody.

He urged President Biden to assert his authority as the President of the United States and guarantee Corbett’s immediate release.

The Taliban arrested Ryan Corbett on August 10, 2022. On Wednesday, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee reported that Corbett is being held in solitary confinement under extremely harsh conditions and is suffering from physical health issues.

Michael McCaul emphasized that Ryan Corbett, a loving husband and father, has been engaged in humanitarian aid and providing opportunities to the people of Afghanistan for over a decade.

He should not be treated as a criminal. McCaul reiterated his call for President Biden to act decisively and prioritize Corbett’s immediate release.

Ryan’s wife has reported that her husband’s mental and physical health has significantly deteriorated in recent months. The Taliban have not disclosed the reasons for Corbett’s detention.

However, the Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing a senior American official, that the Taliban are demanding the release of Mohammad Rahim Al Afghani, who has been held in Guantanamo since 2008, in exchange for Corbett’s freedom.

The hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 2021 led to a rapid deterioration of security in the country. The Afghan government, which relied heavily on U.S. military and financial support, quickly collapsed, and the Taliban took control of the country.

This sudden change resulted in the Taliban capturing Kabul and placing many Afghan citizens and foreigners in a state of crisis.

The United States and other Western countries were forced to launch large-scale evacuation operations to extract their nationals and thousands of Afghans who had collaborated with coalition forces from the country.

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