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Taliban Releases Propaganda Video Showing Kidnapped U.S.-Canadian Couple

An American woman being held hostage with her Canadian husband and their two children pleaded with the American and Canadian governments for help in a newly released Taliban propaganda video.

The video appears to show Caitlan Coleman and her husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012, as NBC News reports. Their two children were born while the couple has been in captivity.

In the video, Coleman, who appears to be reading from a script, asks for both sides to intervene to work toward her family’s release. She calls their captivity a “Kafkaesque nightmare.” 

NBC News reports there is a good chance the couple was instructed or forced to say things from a script prepared by their captors.

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