Taliban video shows US and Australian hostages


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    Timothy Weekes (above) and Kevin King appealed to the US president-elect in the video

    The Taliban have released video of an Australian and an American who they kidnapped in Afghanistan last year.

    American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weekes were professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.

    They were abducted in August from their vehicle outside the university by gunmen in security forces uniforms.

    Later that month US forces in Afghanistan failed in an attempt to rescue the men, the Pentagon said.

    In the video, which purports to have been shot on 1 January and was posted online, the men ask US President-elect Donald Trump to offer a prisoner swap for their release.

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    US officials said in September that “hostile forces” were killed in the failed rescue bid but the hostages were not there

    The US State Department declined to comment on the video or confirm its authenticity, other than to “condemn” hostage-taking.

    Australia’s foreign ministry said the “Australian government has been…

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