US: Taliban release 2 Americans in 'goodwill gesture'

FYI - State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department, March 10, 2022, in Washington. The Taliban have released two American detainees held in Afghanistan. That's according to State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday. Price called the release an apparent goodwill gesture on the part of the Taliban. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool, File) (Manuel Balce Ceneta, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON – The Taliban have released two Americans held in Afghanistan in what appeared to be a “goodwill gesture," State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday.

The release was not part of any larger prisoner swap, and no money changed hands, he told reporters.

A senior administration official said the U.S. government was currently assisting the two, and that they would soon be reunited soon with their families. The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Neither Price nor the official identified the two Americans.

The U.S. does not formally recognize Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, who took power from a U.S.-backed government after U.S. forces withdrew in 2021.


AP White House Correspondent Zeke Miller contributed to this report.