Afghan Taliban say kidnapped U.S. professor is significantly sick

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban stated on Monday that Kevin King, certainly one of two professors from the American College of Afghanistan who had been kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul final 12 months, is significantly sick and wishes pressing medical consideration.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated King, an American, was affected by “harmful” coronary heart illness and kidney downside.

“His sickness has intensified, his ft have swollen and generally he turns into unconscious and his situation worsens day-after-day,” Mujahid stated in a press release.

“We have now tried to deal with him time to time however we do not need medical services as we’re in a warfare scenario,” he added.

King and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks had been kidnapped in August 2016 as they had been returning to their compound within the Afghan capital.

Afghan and Western officers consider they’re being held by the Haqqani community, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban which has carried out many earlier kidnappings. They acknowledge that an unsuccessful rescue try was made in japanese Afghanistan months after the 2 had been taken.

The Taliban badertion got here round two weeks after Pakistani troops rescued Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American spouse Caitlan Coleman, who had been held by the Haqqanis since being kidnapped in 2012, from an space close to the Afghan border.

Earlier this 12 months, the Taliban launched a video of King and Weeks, displaying them pleading with their authorities to launch Taliban prisoners in flip for his or her freedom.

Kidnapping excessive profile targets has change into a profitable enterprise for the Taliban and different militant teams in Afghanistan who in return typically demand big ransom or launch of their members.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, extra reporting by Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; Enhancing by Michael Perry)

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ZHAWAR, AFGANISTAN – APRIL 1: Related Press reporter and stringer Patrick O’Donnell walks up a riverbed outdoors of the Zhawar coaching camp constructed and managed by Afghan mujahideen chief Jalaluddin Haqqani within the Afghan-Pakistan border space outdoors of Khost, Afghanistan in April 1,1990. Osama bin Laden additionally contributed heavy equipment and funds for development of Zhawar coaching camp in addition to the caves within the background that saved ammunition and heavy weapons for the Hezb-i-Islami (Khalis) mujahideen group Haqqani was aligned with. Haqqani befriended bin Laden and provided him land for coaching camps opened close by for Arab fighters. Haqqani obtained funds from the CIA and the Pakistan’s Inter Companies Intelligence company, or ISI. (Picture by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Pictures)

UNSPECIFIED: Osama Bin Laden with Muhammad Atif, an ex-Egyptian police officer in 1997. Muhammad Atif has been killed by U.S. bombing in Southern Afghanistan. He was accountable for the killing of U.S. troops in Somalia in 1993 the place he was commanding Al-Qaida troops. (Picture by MIR HAMID/DAILY DAWN/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho by way of Getty Pictures)

AFGHANISTAN – MAY 26: (FILE PHOTO) (JAPAN OUT) (VIDEO CAPTURE) A person CNN identifies as Qaed Senyan al-Harthi (middle, sporting purple and white head-cloth) stands subsequent to al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden (left in white turban) on Could 26, 1998 in Afghanistan. In line with CNN, Al-Harthi, also called Abu Ali, was killed with six different males as they traveled in a truck in Yemen. CNN additionally stories U.S. ‘Hellfire’ missile fired from an unmanned CIA drone plane killed Al-Harthi, who was considered the principle Al Qaeda operative in Yemen. (Picture by CNN by way of Getty Pictures)

AFGHANISTAN – AUGUST 20: (JAPAN OUT) (VIDEO CAPTURE) Osama Bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire and fugitive chief of the terrorist group al Qaeda, explains why he has declared a ‘jihad’ or holy warfare towards america on August 20, 1998 from a cave hideout someplace in Afghanistan. Bin Laden is considered the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist badaults on New York and Washington D.C. (Picture by CNN by way of Getty Pictures)

SANGESAR – MARCH 1: Younger Taliban attending a madrbada March 1, 2000 in Sangesar, Afghanistan congregate close to the adobe mud residence the place Mullah Omar, the chief of the Taliban motion, stayed and studied through the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Throughout a firefight towards the the Soviet military, Mullah Omar was blinded by shrapnel from a Soviet mortar and misplaced the positioning in a single eye. Mullah Omar and the ruling Taliban authorities had been compelled from energy following the al Qaeda 9-11 badaults on the united statesMullah Omar is believed to be residing in neighboring Pakistan. (Picture by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Pictures)

A video seize dated 19 June 2001 exhibits members of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, or ‘The Base’,group carrying AK-47 (Kalashnikov) sub-machine-guns in a video tape stated to have been ready and launched by bin Laden himself. The US was on alert on 23 June as stories got here from the Center East that bin Laden’s fighters had been getting ready to hit US and Israeli pursuits world wide. Copies of the video tape, which exhibits him in addition to Al-Qaeda guerrilla fighters coaching at their al-Farouq camp in Afghanistan, have been circulated to a restricted variety of Islamists. AFP PHOTO/Ybader Al-ZAYYAT (Picture credit score ought to learn /AFP/Getty Pictures)

395586 01: This undated Division of Protection launched October 9, 2001 exhibits the Qandahar surface-to-air missile website in Afghanistan earlier than being attacked by US forces. Three days of airstrikes by US and British warplanes have begun to weaken the al-Qaida community and the Taliban regime, in accordance with Pentagon officers. (Picture by Division of Protection/Getty Pictures)

395586 02: This undated Division of Protection launched October 9, 2001 exhibits injury to the Qandahar surface-to-air missile website in Afghanistan after being attacked by US forces. Three days of airstrikes by US and British warplanes have begun to weaken the al-Qaida community and the Taliban regime, in accordance with Pentagon officers. (Picture by Division of Protection/Getty Pictures)

395586 07: This undated Division of Protection map launched October 9, 2001 exhibits terrorist coaching camps, army websites and humanitarian support websites in Afghanistan. Three days of airstrikes by US and British warplanes have begun to weaken the al-Qaida community and the Taliban regime, in accordance with Pentagon officers. (Picture by Division of Protection/Getty Pictures)

395589 04: (FILE PHOTO) Kids take part in army coaching on this undated nonetheless body from a recruitment video for Osama bin Laden”s extremist Al-Qaida community. (Picture by Al Rai Al Aam/Function Story Information/Getty Pictures)

397425 13: A set of paperwork lay on the ground of a room inside a home on a suspected Al Qaeda base November 16, 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gadgets discovered embody a web page torn from a flying journal with flight coaching adverts, a map of Afghanistan, packaging from a duplicate of Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, detailed notes writted each in Arabic and English and different paperwork. (Picture by Tyler Hicks/Getty Pictures)

397428 08: A bomb making notbook is proven November 17, 2001 in an deserted home as soon as utilized by Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terrorist community in Kabul, Afghanistan. The residential home is plagued by wires and all kinds of digital and different bomb-making gear and was deserted when Northern Alliance troops approached the town earlier than it is fall to the rebels. (Picture by Scott Peterson/Getty Pictures)

398388 01: Former Taliban fighters, who surrendered to the Northern Alliance following their defeat in Kunduz per week in the past, collect at a window to the courtyard of a jail complicated December eight, 2001 in Shebargan, Afghanistan. Though the prisoners haven’t been sentenced, a couple of third of them are suspected of being members of Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist group. (Picture by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Pictures)

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – JANUARY 1: Two CH-46 Sea Knights land on the Marine’s base at Kandahar Worldwide Airport, 01 January, 2002. U.S. Marines and Afghan allied forces executed a raid on an as-yet unnamed location within the hopes of discovering Taliban and al-Qaida forces. (Picture credit score ought to learn ROB CURTIS/AFP/Getty Pictures)

400454 03: This Osama Bin Laden propaganda poster was present in an al Qaeda clbadroom by U.S. Navy SEALs on a search and destroy mission within the Zhawar Kili space January 14, 2002 in Jap Afghanistan. Navy particular operations forces are conducting missions in Afghanistan in help of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Picture by U.S. Navy/Getty Pictures)

400160 05: An FBI needed poster introduced by US Legal professional Basic John Ashcroft exhibits Al Rauf Bin Al Habib Bin Yousef Al-Jiddi (prime and backside ) and Faker Boussora (backside R) January 25, 2002 in Washington, DC. Ashcroft stated that Al Rauf Bin Al Habib Bin Yousef Al-Jiddi, 36, a Canadian citizen born in Tunisia, was recognized partially from a suicide letter discovered within the rubble of the Afghanistan residence of Mohammad Atef, believed to have been Osama bin Ladens army chief. (Picture by FBI/Getty Pictures)

401308 15: U.S. Navy SEALs discover the doorway to certainly one of 70 caves they found throughout a Delicate Website Exploitation (SSE) mission January 14, 2002 in Zhawar Kili space of Jap Afghanistan. The caves utilized by al Qaeda and Taliban forces had been destroyed by Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel or air strikes referred to as in by the SEALs. The Navy SEALs are in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Picture by U.S. Navy/Getty Pictures)

402085 12: United States Military 10th Mountain soldier Jorge Avino from Miami, Florida carves the physique rely that their mortar workforce has chalked up on a rock March 9, 2002 close to the villages of Sherkhankheyl, Marzak and Bobelkiel, Afghanistan. The workforce stated they’ve killed 40 plus folks, hit 12 automobiles and destroyed 1 mortar workforce close to the villages had been an al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold got here beneath intense bombing and firefights because the coalition forces battled to root them out. (Picture by Joe Raedle/Getty Pictures)

SHAH-E-KOT, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 17: United States Military and Canadian troopers look over the rugged Shah-e-Kot mountains as they seek for caves or Taliban and al-Qaida fighters on the free, 25 km (15 miles) southeast of Gardez, in Afghanistan, 15 March 2002. A whole lot of American and Canadian troops had been lifted into the mountainous area at excessive altitude to seek for and destroy any enemy they encounter. (AP Picture/ Mikhail Metzel, Pool) (Picture credit score ought to learn MIKHAIL METZEL/AFP/Getty Pictures)

HESARK, AFGHANISTAN – JULY 16: U.S. Military troopers from the 101st Airborne watch from defensive positions as an inbound Blackhawk helecopter lands July 16, 2002 in village of Hesarak, japanese Afghanistan. The military raided the village to conduct a follow-up seek for potential Al-Qaida or Taliban intelligence supplies and to offer humanitarian support. The raid was a follow-up to an identical raid there 4 days in the past that yielded two detainees and undisclosed intelligence supplies. (Picture by Scott Nelson / Getty Pictures)

QIQAY, AFGHANISTAN -JULY 29: Two Afghan boys sit collectively in a village that’s affected by a scarcity of meals and water July 29, 2002 in Qiqay, Afghanistan. As U.S. troopers proceed their seek for hidden weapons and gear left by retreating Taliban and al-Qaeda forces, they attempt to badess the wants of Afghans and move on their data to humanitarian organizations. (Picture by Wally Santana/Pool/Getty Pictures)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – SEPTEMBER 14: Afghan troopers wait to coach for the Afghan Nationwide Military (ANA) at a base September 14, 2002 outdoors of Kabul, Afghanistan. On the request of the Afghanistan Interim authority, U.S. army forces and French Military forces are coaching, advising and helping the ANA on the compound which was as soon as used as a coaching website by the Mujahadeen, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. (Picture by Ami Vitale/Getty Pictures)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 2: US Military spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty speaks to the media at a press centre on March 2, 2004 at in Kabul, Afghanistan. The overseas media has returned to Afghanistan following stories that the seize of Osama Bin Laden is nearing, though Lt. Col. Hilferty deflected questions relating to these stories. (Picture by Darren McCollester/Getty Pictures)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – OCTOBER 9: (US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT AND NEWSWEEK OUT) Afghans residents in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 9, 2004 vote on the Jaffaria Mosque of their first ever presidential elections. As much as 10.5 million Afghans had been registered to vote. The vote was marred by accusations of voting irregularities with 14 candidates boycotting the outcomes. (Picture by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Pictures)

-, -: A video seize taken 06 July 2006 from the pan-Arab satellite tv for pc tv community al-Jazeera exhibits al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri. On this video produced by the al-Qaeda linked media group Assahab, al-Zawahri claimed, on the eve of the anniversary of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, string of badaults will proceed and change into stronger till forces had been pulled out of Afghanistan and Iraq and till monetary and army help to America and Israel ended. **QATAR AND INTERNET OUT** (Picture credit score ought to learn -/AFP/Getty Pictures)

IN FLIGHT, PAKISTAN – FEBRUARY 17: Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal space is seen from the air February 17, 2007. NATO and the Afghan authorities say that Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters cross into Afghanistan from the Pakistani aspect to stage badaults on NATO troops, particularly since a peace deal was signed in September 2006 between Pakistani forces and the Taliban. The Pak army, which has some 80,00zero troops stationed within the tribal areas, says the Afghan authorities and NATO ought to cease blaming Pakistan for Afghanistan’s inner issues. (Picture by John Moore/Getty Pictures)

URSTAN PASS, AFGHANISTAN – MAY 2007: Mira Wars and his fellow troopers from the Afghan Nationwide Military, Weapons Firm, 2¼ Kandak three Brigade 201 Corp., based mostly in Gowardehs OP (observations submit) three miles from the border with Pakistan (Nuristan Area) take a break and pray. This firm has troopers from all of the completely different tribes residing in Afghanistan. (Picture by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Edit by Getty Pictures)

MAIMANA, AFGHANISTAN – DECEMBER 2007: Ahmadullah Rais, 40, is a high-ranking commander beneath the orders of Basic Dostum, and is awaiting the final’s order to take up the fights towards the Taliban as soon as extra, in Maimana, Afghanistan. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Pictures)

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – AUGUST 23, 2008: A map displaying Spir Kundey, the place on August 18, 2008, French troopers on a patrol in Uzbeen Valley had been ambushed by insurgents. 10 French troopers had been killed in addition to certainly one of their translators. Commander Farooki who’s a part of the Emirati Islami gathering, the Taliban, the Hezb-i-Islami, the Tora Bora entrance, and Al Qaeda took half within the ambush together with his males. His males took two Famas (French weapons) from the useless our bodies of the troopers. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Pictures)

WATAPOR VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN – SEPTEMBER four: US Military troopers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Battalion – 12th Infantry Regiment, based mostly in Fort Carson, Colorado, fly via mountainous terrain alongside the Watapor Valley September four, 2009 in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Native Afghan taliban and overseas fighters have strongly resisted the presence of US forces in Kunar. (Picture by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Pictures)

MATTANI, NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN – DECEMBER 22, 2009: New recruits being skilled beneath the authority of Abdul Rehman, who claimed they had been a part of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist militant group, nonetheless this declare was later denied upon verification by senior contacts inside that group. A part of their coaching program was a 15km hike with weapons coaching. The most effective recruits will likely be despatched on to a commando coaching camp in Kashmir, earlier than taking on jihad in Afghanistan, India or Iraq. Lashkar-e-Taiba is a Pakistani jihadist group created within the 1980s to combat in Afghanistan, and particularly in Indian Kashmir. Their members have typically claimed they had been skilled by former army officers. They had been additionally allegedly employed by the Pakistani intelligence company referred to as the Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) in India and Afghanistan. They had been formally banned in 2001, following an badault on parliament in New Delhi, India, in order that they regrouped beneath the title Jama’at-ud-Da’wah. It’s extensively claimed that the group was accountable for the Mumbai bombings in November 2008, which killed almost 200 folks. Since then, they’ve been on the UN checklist of terrorist organizations. The US authorities liken them to al-Qaeda, and as a lot of a safety threat. The Pakistani authorities in Islamabad state that they’ve dismantled Lashkar-e-Taiba, nonetheless abroad intelligence companies state this isn’t potential. The group’s fighters are implicated in conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and India, nonetheless they aren’t at present in battle with the Pakistani authorities, as a consequence of a supposed good relationship with the army there. They combat alongside the Taliban towards NATO forces, and are the very best skilled and most battle-hardened fighters within the area. Their coaching may be very army and regimented, in comparison with that of the Taliban which is extra fundamental. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Pictures)

4 of the twelve Al-Qaeda suspects are seen behind bars throughout their listening to in a particular courtroom within the Yemeni southeastern port of Mukalla, charged with terrorism-linked offences on October 11, 2010. The defendants are charged with forming an armed group, planning badaults and procuring pbadports with the intention of utilizing them to affix Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. AFP PHOTO/STR (Picture credit score ought to learn STR/AFP/Getty Pictures)

An Afghan man reads a newspaper on a avenue of Kabul on Could three, 2011, which particulars the loss of life of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The US has warned that it might probe how Osama bin Laden managed to reside in undetected luxurious in Pakistan, as gripping particulars emerged in regards to the US commando raid that killed the Al-Qaeda kingpin. Officers stated DNA badessments had confirmed conclusively that the person shot useless by US particular forces in Abbottabad was certainly the Islamist terror mastermind who boasted in regards to the deaths of three,00zero folks within the September 11 badaults of 2001. AFP PHOTO/Mbadoud HOSSAINI (Picture credit score ought to learn MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Pictures)




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