An Australian who was recently released by the Taliban believes that SEAL Team 6 came agonizingly close to rescuing him six times.

Timothy Week, an Australian teacher, was abducted, alongside his American colleague Kevin King, from Kabul in 2016. He was released after the U.S. and Australian governments struck a hostage exchange deal with the Taliban. Week and King were swapped with three high-profile Taliban leaders.

During their three-year ordeal, Coalition SOF units repeatedly attempted to rescue them. And yet every time they were unsuccessful.

“I believe, and I hope that this is correct,” said Week in a press statement, “that they came in six times to try to get us, and that a number of times, they missed us only by hours.”