Senior Taliban leaders confirmed that they had released a new video showing an American-Canadian family including their two children who born in captivity.
The couple Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. Caitlan was pregnant when they were abducted while they were on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.
In the video, Caitlan begs for the end of their captivity. She said, “We understand both sides hate us and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems. But we can only ask and pray that somebody will recognise the atrocities these men carry out against us as so-called retaliation in their ingratitude and hypocrisy.”
She said her two young boys who sat on their father’s lap in the video “have seen their mother defiled.”
Afghanistan-based two senior Taliban figures told Reuters over the telephone that the IS who are fighting to bring down the US-backed government in Kabul uploaded the video.
Another one said the video was uploaded by the Haqqani network (a close associate of the Afghan Taliban) and they had sent the video to both US and Canadian officials before they posted it on YouTube on Monday night.
He said the Haqqani network is demanding the release of their three senior leaders including the brother and maternal uncle of Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.
Caitlan appealed to both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate and make a deal with them. “They want money, power, friends. You must give them these things before progress can be made.”
A spokesman for the Canadian Department of Global Affairs Michael O’Shaughnessy said the officials were reviewing the video. He said, “We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their young children and call for their unconditional release.”
But US officials did not make any comment on the new video. The video came into notice through the SITE Intelligence Group which keeps an eye on the terrorist activities online. The SITE said the video was dated December 3.
In 2013, the couple was seen in two videos asking the US government to free them from the Taliban.
Last November, Caitlan’s parents received a letter in which she said she had given birth to a second child in captivity.
This year in August, Taliban released another video in which the couple warning that the captors would kill them and their children unless the government releases the Taliban prisoners.