Mothers Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012. (Photo: AP)Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that the video was not new and had in fact been recorded in 2015. Mujahid said Boyle and Coleman and their two children remained in captivity but in good health. The AP could not immediately verify the date of the recording, however even if the video was recorded in 2015, it would mark the first time the couple has appeared in a video since 2013.
In the video, the scraggily bearded Boyle said the couple's captors "are terrified of the thought of their own mortality approaching, and are saying that they will take reprisals on our family." Coleman, wearing a black headscarf, added: "I know this must be very terrifying and horrifying for my family to hear that these men are willing to go to these lengths, but they are." A phone message left at a number listed for Coleman's family in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, was not immediately returned.
"I know this must be very terrifying and horrifying for my family to hear that these men are willing to go to these lengths, but they are." —Caitlan Coleman
Couple left in 2012The couple set off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan. Her parents, Jim and Lyn Coleman, last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Josh described as an "unsafe" part of Afghanistan. In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the U.S. government to free them from the Taliban. The Colemans received a letter last November in which their daughter said she had given birth to a second child in captivity.
"I pray to hear from you again, to hear how everybody is doing," the letter said. 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. "As a man, father and now grandfather, I am asking you to show mercy and release my daughter, her husband, and our beautiful grandchildren," Jim Coleman said. "Please grant them an opportunity to continue their lives with us, and bring peace to their families." ——— Associated Press writer Charles J. Gans in New York contributed to this report.
"Please grant them an opportunity to continue their lives with us, and bring peace to their families." —Jim Coleman