US examines Taliban video of kidnapped couple

The US State Department is reportedly evaluating a video released by the Taliban in Afghanistan that shows a Canadian man and his American wife warning that they will be killed unless their captors’ demands are met.

John Kirby, the US State Department spokesman, made the announcement in a press briefing on Tuesday, saying, the video purportedly showing Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman is “being examined for its validity.”

In the video, Boyle, 33, and Coleman, 31, urge Canada and the US to pressure the Afghan government into changing its policy on executing captured Taliban prisoners.

“They will execute us, women and children included, if the policies of the Afghan government are not overturned either by the Afghan government or by Canada somehow, or United States,” Boyle says in the video.

The State Department spokesman said the US government is concerned about the couple’s welfare and urged “their immediate release on humanitarian…

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