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An American woman held by Taliban in Afghanistan makes new videotaped plea for freedom


WATCH  | The Taliban late Monday released a proof-of-life video of American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her family, signaling to President Obama and President-elect-Donald Trump the potential for a deal to release the captives they have held more than four years.

Two sons born in captivity

The video, which has already been viewed by Coleman's family and verified by U.S. officials, shows for the first time her two young sons, both born since she has been held in captivity. The boys are seated on their father's lap against a white-sheeted background, with their mother alongside them. 

James and Lynda Coleman, Caitlan's parents, told Circa early Tuesday that they have seen the video but are not commenting at this time. 

Scripted by the Taliban

Caitlan Coleman dates the video as Dec. 3, 2016 and reads what appears to have been a statement scripted by the Taliban. 

She and her husband, Joshua Boyle, who also pleads for the family, appear to be exhausted. The youngest child, who is 18 months old, is seen sucking on a pacifier in his mouth, while the oldest, nearly 4 years old, is visible behind his younger brother moving quietly side to side on his father's lap.

'Ingratitude and hypocrisy'

"We have waited since 2012 for somebody to understand our problems, our Kafka-esque nightmare in which we find ourselves," Caitlan Coleman states in the video. 

"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 recognize the atrocities that these men carry out against us as so-called retaliation in their ingratitude and hypocrisy."

Haqqani terrorist group responsible

"My children have seen their mother defiled," she says bleakly, with her head down.

Pakistani sources told Circa the family is being held by Pakistan's Haqqani terrorist group, a prolific terrorist organization associated with the Afghanistan Taliban. 

The family is believed to be held somewhere in Afghanistan's eastern province, the sources said.  

'Face dangerous consequence'

"This is a clear message," the Taliban write on YouTube. "The release of the couple and their children will not come into realization until all our demands are met. dWe advise you against any evasiveness and any attempt of provocation because this is of no benefit to you for if you agree to our demands then we will release your citizens but if not then you will face dangerous consequence do not even dare to try us with our patience because we know very well how to respond to the know oppressors and arrogates."

Developing story

"Know that the failure is destined for the one who does not know how to respond in a given situation," the statement reads.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Circa he will send information on demands later Tuesday. This is a developing story, and U.S. officials could not be immediately reached for comment. 

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