Western couple who were kidnapped by the Taliban ‘could have been freed already if their family had been allowed to pay a $150,000 ransom’

A Western couple who were kidnapped by the Taliban could have been freed if their family had been allowed to pay a $150,000, it has been reported.

Joshua Boyle, 33, from Toronto, and his wife Caitlan Coleman, 31, from Pennsylvania, were taken hostage while travelling in northern Afghanistan in 2012.

In December last year they appeared in a chilling new video alongside their two children, believed to be aged four and two, who were born in captivity.

According to a report by Vox, a Taliban representative told US military negotiators they would free the Coleman family in exchange for a ransom of $150,000.

The military handed the details to the FBI – which oversees foreign kidnapping cases involving US citizens – but the agency never followed it up.

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