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Video appears to show couple kidnapped in Afghanistan 4 years ago

21 December 2016

A Canadian man and his American wife have appeared in a new video pleading with their respective governments to secure their release from the captivity of the Afghan Taliban.

Coleman appeals for an end to their "Kafkaesque nightmare" in the video and is disapproving of both the Canadian and American governments and the family's Haqqani abductors. The Colemans received a letter last November in which their daughter said she had given birth to a second child in captivity.

"We have waited since 2012 for somebody to understand our problems", she said, appearing to read from a script, while her husband sat next to her with their children rested on his lap.

The video showed for the first time the two sons of Canadian Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, a US citizen. She then adds: "My children have seen their mother defiled".

Coleman addresses both President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump when she says that her captors "are not simply going to release our family easily because it is correct". Islamists seized the expectant Coleman and her partner inside Afghanistan in 2012 while on a backpacking trip.

The Canadian government has called for unconditional release of the captives.

Canadian Global Affairs spokesman Michael O'Shaughnessy said his government was aware of the latest video.

Jim and Lyn Coleman, Caitlan's parents, received a letter from their daughter in November previous year in which she notified them of the birth of her second child.

In July, Jim Coleman, speaking to the online news service Circa News, issued a plea to top Taliban commanders to be "kind and merciful" and let the couple go.

Two senior Taliban figures based in Afghanistan told Reuters by telephone that the video had been uploaded by the radical Islamist insurgents, who are fighting to topple the USA -backed government in Kabul.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday and has not been verified, shows the Stewartstown native with her two sons. He added that they were demanding the release of three senior members including the brother and maternal uncle of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban. SITE said it was dated December 3, though the AP could not verify the date of the recording.