American nears 600 days in Taliban captivity as wife urges Biden to help

 March 28, 2024

Anna Corbett voiced deep apprehension for her husband, Ryan, as he approaches his 600th day in Taliban captivity, citing a troubling call that suggested his physical and mental health are rapidly deteriorating.

During an exclusive interview on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday, Corbett shared her distress, revealing, "We spoke with him for 12 minutes, and it was very clear to me that he is giving up hope, and that was devastating to me."

The details

She disclosed Ryan's recent illness, highlighting his isolation and lack of medical attention, underscoring the harsh conditions he endures.

According to a December report, former inmates of Ryan's cell described his survival on minimal food, limited access to facilities, and prolonged periods of darkness.

In her relentless efforts to secure Ryan's release, Anna has made nine trips to Washington, D.C., to advocate for his cause. Despite her tireless advocacy, progress remains elusive, leaving her disheartened and worried for Ryan and their family's well-being.

Expressing frustration over the stagnant discussions, she lamented, "That's what I expressed to Ryan, is that I don't see things moving forward. 'I am so sorry. I'm working really hard.'"

Pleading to Biden

Anna voiced her belief that President Biden could do more to aid Ryan's release, emphasizing her repeated requests for a meeting with him. She underscored her dismay over the perceived lack of priority given to Ryan's case, especially compared to other hostage situations.

In an emotional plea to President Biden, Anna conveyed her family's heartfelt desire for Ryan's safe return, highlighting the profound impact his absence has had on their lives.

With three children relying on their father's safe return, the family's plea for his release resonates deeply.

The background

Ryan's ordeal began when the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, leading to his capture while he was in the country for humanitarian work. Despite assurances from the State Department regarding ongoing efforts to secure his release, the situation remains dire, leaving the Corbett family in a state of anguish and uncertainty.

In December, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller emphasized that Corbett's release was "the highest priority," noting efforts by Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West in meetings with Taliban officials on the issue.

"We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas," Miller stated. "Not just in this meeting, but in previous meetings, we have continually pressed for the release of Americans detained in Afghanistan."

Despite these efforts, the prolonged captivity of Ryan continues to weigh heavily on his family and concerns many Americans, highlighting the urgent need for his safe return.

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