Couple Taken Captive in Afghanistan Appear in Video
Relatives describe the couple, who wed in 2011 after meeting online, as well-intentioned but naive adventure seekers. They once spent months traveling through Latin America, where they lived among indigenous Guatemalans and where Boyle grew a long beard that led some children to call him "Santa Claus." The couple set off again in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then finally to Afghanistan. With plans to return home in December ahead of Coleman's due date, they checked in regularly via email during their travels — expressing in their writings an awareness of the perils they faced — and toured the region, staying in hostels and their tent.Well they have certainly lost weight. As well as the contents of their bank account. I wonder if they still believe...
The communication abruptly ended on Oct. 8, 2012, after Boyle emailed from an Internet cafe in what he called an "unsafe" part of Afghanistan. The last withdrawals from the couple's bank account were made Oct. 8 and 9 in Kabul. Two months later, an Afghan official told the AP that the two had been abducted in Wardak Providence, a rugged, mountainous Taliban haven.
They really and truly believed that if people were loved and treated with respect that that would be given back to them in kind," said Linda Boyle, Boyle's mother. "So as odd it as it may seem to us that they were there, they truly believed with all their heart that if they treated people properly, they would be treated properly."Obviously they are being held for the money. Kidnapping is al-Qaeda's #1 way to raise funds. These foolish folks have handed themselves to the Taliban, for whom kidnapping and ransoming Kuffar is as right as rain. We pray for their immediate and unconditional release, I mean since they have no money left. What's the point? Can't get blood from a turnip. Should the US pay and encourage the kidnapping of other fools? No probably not. Unfortunately they are dependent on the mercy of the Taliban, which is in short support despite all that bismillah al raham al rahim bullshit.
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I wouldn't even consider day camping in the Rainier Valley of South Seattle. The Indigenous people in that area are somewhat hostile to "Westerners"
But man, Afghanistan? That's just asking for trouble isn't it?
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Hunter lends credibility to the story and unfortunately sympathy (ugh). Begs the question, how many GITMO guests is this going to tempt Obama to return so he can finally have that ticker tape parade he craves so much.
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but there's always some that gots to learn that the hard way.
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