Video of Canadian-American couple in captivity in Afghanistan exhibits 2 youngsters

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Senior Taliban figures confirmed on Tuesday that they had launched a brand new video displaying a kidnapped American-Canadian household, together with two younger boys born in captivity whereas held by the scary Haqqani community.

The video confirmed for the primary time the 2 sons of Canadian Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, a U.S. citizen. Coleman, 31, was pregnant when the couple have been kidnapped in 2012 inside Afghanistan whereas on a backpacking journey.

A Canadian spokesman stated the federal government was reviewing the video, whereas U.S. officers wouldn't instantly remark.

Within the video, Coleman begs for an finish to their "Kafkaesque nightmare," referring to poor remedy by the hands of their captors, and is essential of each the American and Canadian governments.

Two senior Taliban figures based mostly in Afghanistan informed Reuters by phone that the video had been uploaded by the novel Islamist insurgents, who're preventing to topple the U.S.-backed authorities in Kabul.

One stated the video got here from the Haqqani community — an in depth affiliate of the Afghan Taliban — and it had been delivered to each U.S. and Canadian officers earlier than being posted on YouTube late on Monday night time.

He stated the Haqqani community is demanding the discharge of three of its senior members – together with the brother and maternal uncle of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who's deputy chief of the Afghan Taliban.

Within the video, Coleman makes a reference to her two "surviving youngsters," which was unexplained. She appealed to each president Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to make a cope with their captors.

Michael O'Shaughnessy, spokesman for the Canadian Division of International Affairs, stated officers have been learning the video.

"We're deeply involved for the security and well-being of Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their younger youngsters and name for his or her unconditional launch," he stated.

U.S. officers declined to touch upon the brand new video however referred reporters to statements made by State Division spokesman John Kirby after the final video of the couple launched in late August.

In these statements, Kirby referred to as for the household's "quick launch on humanitarian grounds" and stated the U.S. would "proceed to work aggressively" to deliver all American hostages house.

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