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Taliban release video of captured French journalists

The Afghan Taliban have released a new video of two French journalists who were abducted last December in north-east Afghanistan, according to the US-based SITE, an Islamic online monitoring website.

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AFP - New video footage of a pair of French journalists has been released by the Taliban in Afghanistan, an Islamic online monitoring site reported Sunday.

The US-based SITE monitoring service said that an online representative from the Islamic militant group posted new video of the two men, who were captured on December 31 in northeast Afghanistan.

In the video, the Taliban representative, Abdullah al-Wazir, reportedly issues a message to France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Arabic, threatening to kill the hostages, without elaborating on what the Taliban is demanding in exchange for their release.

"The French captives now face the threat of inescapable death. Their fate is in your hands! You can rescue them from captivity, or you impose death on them. Time is not in their best interest!" Wazir is quoted as saying.

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