April 12th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Taliban militants threaten to kill kidnapped journalists

Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

In a video posted online, the journalists - kidnapped in December - are shown in separate clips.

Speaking in English and French, one reads a lengthy statement saying that if the full video is not aired on French TV, the journalists will be killed, along with their translator and driver.

"The French president, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, must understand that we are now in danger of death. I repeat: the French president much negotiate very quickly - otherwise we will be executed soon," he says.

The two men read calmly from what appear to be prepared notes on a pad of paper.

In a written statement, the Taliban said they have submitted a list of detainees to the government of France "for release as an exchange for the two Frenchmen and their Algerian colleague." It added, "There is no other option for the release of the said detainees except the option of detainees exchange."

The statement described the detainees as "miserable" and "living a life under torture and brutalities."

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  1. It's Me

    the french are idiots

    April 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PJ

    I am an Indian and our pray for those people in captive will always remain. We all know it’s a war zone and there are 100% risks in life. But let’s not forget that we are not savage like the Taliban. Those people have their loved ones, families; we should not let them die like this. Give them(Taliban) whatever they want but in return we should get those people alive.

    Our people lives are more important than those Taliban.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Those journalist were searching for the Taliban on their own. They knew the risks involved and embarked on that journey anyway. I would NOT negotiate for their release. Especially not trading imprisoned terrorist for them.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. eli wong

    During the cold was the east and west exchanged spies. Whether or not these journalists are exchanged or not, kidnappings will continue.The Taliban will kill these people and sacrifice their own, then move on. I would exchange prisoners, these are human beings with families and loved ones. Let them come home and be more careful in the future.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Haas

    Short-sighted on these moronic talibans' part... French journalists tend to support more or less openly terrorists, sometimes going as far as helping Palestinian activists to fabricate news, as was demonstrated when the Al-Durah scam was exposed befaire a French court of law.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cyng

    Im a U.S Marine And i Know all you antiwar people hate hearing this but its a chance you take going to the front lines, but you dont let terrorists out to save two lives because thos youu let go may kill more than two people when there back doing there stupid crap ........
    oohrah and semper fidelis.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Moto

    I only hope that these journalists who choose to enter active combat zones are properly trained for survival and evasion. At this point, they know their lives are in danger, and should be making every effort to resist their captors. If I had been them, I wouldnt even have read the notes to the camera, I would have pretended that I forgot how to read. When you enter not just a third world country, but one who is at war and plagued by narco-terrorists and ideologist groups, you should always be leaving with the mentality that you may not return, doesnt matter if you are a civilian or not. And you should be prepared to defend, evade and survive at high cost and you cant go in thinking that in every situation there will be a Marine or soldier able to protect you. You need to know how to protect yourself, or dont go.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bestphotoman

    Nathanael, you've GOT to be kidding. You see no reason "not to acquiesce to those demands"??? Have you learned nothing? Give in to them now and they will have all the reasons in the world to keep kidnapping people for ransom? And why not? Kidnap someone and be assured of getting your demands met? Then why NOT do it? Kidnap someone and be assured of NOT getting your demainds met? Then why do it? Just a thought.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed

    I am from Canada. And as far as I understand you give them an inch they will take a mile. If they kill the journalists then execute the Taliban prisoners and send them a video saying this could be you.

    You can not negotiate with those guys bottom line.

    If you go into a war zone you take risks its not a game.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CATom

    Wow who did CNN get to write this?

    April 14, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. jacob L

    i really hope that france is smart enough branes to realize that if they do what the terror group says that there will be more kidnappings because the group then knows that they can get what they want. they need to do what america does with the no negotiation policy with terror groups.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. KILAM

    The western nations have been torturing muslims for a very long time. The Taliban should treat their captors the same way America , Britain, France, Israel and all the other murdering western nations treat muslims.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. John M.

    I want to add that killing their people when they kill ours is not a viable option. They regard those who are killed as martyrs. They believe that they go straight to paradise. Their deaths inspire others. Why do you think there are so many demonstrations over Israeli attacks on Palestine? Regarding that, why do we never see the historical references pointing out that there was NOT a nation of Palestine until the Arab/Israeli war. Those people were citizens of Lebanon, Egypt, and the other nations bordering Israel. Their countries refused to accommodate them in their own countries, they kept them in tent camps. The land is called Palestine, so the various countries who lost that land, declared their citizens who lived there a new nation, Palestine. This is not legitimate at all. They helped try to destroy Israel. Regardless of what people say, including the International community, Israel deserves to have that land as reparation for their attempted destruction. The countries that could not hold that land need to repatriate their citizens who they rejected and labeled Palestinian.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. John M.

    I read those early comments and feel extremely glad that the decision is not up to those who only look at the parts of the picture that fit their own way of making sense of things. They are not asking for the release of political prisoners. They are asking for the unconditional release of mass murderers, unmonitored and returning to a life of killing and terrorizing people. It is not a question of saving lives, but of exchanging the lives of these reporters to allow those detained to kill an undetermined amount of other people... or maybe these same reporters whose lives are being "saved" on another occasion. I'm glad that other comments reflect the reality of how the terrorists view the world.

    There is a truth that it takes two to fight. With these terrorists their condition for not killing is adopting their laws, their way of seeing the world, the implementation of Sharia law in all countries; and the destruction of Israel and eradication of every Jew everywhere.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Alejandro Garcia

    I believe the French government should ask the US for help on this one. First of all I believe the French should do the exchange for the prisoners and as soon as the prisoners are exchanged and both sides have moved a distance away a Predator drone should follow the Taliban scum and then if possible blast them all to hell. That way they save their people and at the same time take out the enemy.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. surfsup

    If you kill them your leader Karzai will be exceuted. Fair is fair in love and war!

    April 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Joe R.

    An unfortunate situation indeed.

    Agree to the Taliban, and kidnappings will only continue.

    Refuse to follow the Taliban's demands, and the journalists may get murdered.

    I would hope that journalists and others know the consequences of being in dangerous places. Although it's still tough to be in their shoes right now, I would have hoped they knew and understood the dangers.

    If the Taliban do murder them, I wouldn't feel bad about executing the Taliban prisoners of war in retaliation. Execute 100 for each murdered civilian.

    April 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. dumbcrap

    Taliban kill hostages no outrage NATO accidentaly killing civilians calls for Muslim world outrage

    April 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Glenn

    You simply can't give in to these neanderthals or else you encourage them to do more of the same. It's tough but you just have to let what happens happen. If you get caught over there, you're already dead. Just accept it and take risks accordingly.

    April 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Smith in Oregon

    Muslims have been kidnapping and ransoming the lives of their captives for centurys. Give them the ransom, bring those journalists home. Be thankful those French journalists were not skinned alive by now and left for their countrymen to find.

    April 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Paul

    I agree that the Taliban are evil incarnate, and should be eradicated from the face of the earth. But you can say the same thing about any overly religious entity in the world.
    As for them being pathetic primitive losers...well how could pathetic primitive losers continue to defy the most powerful and technologically sophisticated nation in the history of the world? ...blind luck? Call them every name in the book, but don't use false bravado to paint them and primitive and pathetic...to do so, insults every brave American who has died so far....

    April 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Daniel-is-an-Idiot-X2

    I flat out believe that you do NOT negotiate with terrorists or pirates or give in to their demands, ever. Underline EVER. The only thing you accomplish by giving in to their demands is embolden them to do it again. And if their demands involve releasing people from prison, you are also giving them additional personnel to attack you with. How insanely stupid is that? I don't care if it was me they had hostage – it is plain idiocy to give in.

    And maybe this part is a little over reaction on my part to their demands, but why not give them an ultimatium of our own? Tell them No deal. Release the hostages, period. Whatever they do to the hostages will be done in kind to everyone on their list. And if they kill the hostages, then everyone they want released will be greased in pig fat, hung, and buried in unmarked graves somewhere. Then have the courage to actually execute them should the Taliban Al Queda nitwits execute their hostages.

    There – that ought to stir up some controversy and outrage from those who can't think beyond the trite phrase "violence begats violence". even if that phrase is somewhat true. But rather than bashing me, come up with a better solution that doesn't involve giving them the means to get more weapons bombs or soldiers to kill us with...

    April 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Melanie

    Please let them go, Taliban!

    April 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jerry

    The statement described the detainees as "miserable" and "living a life under torture and brutalities."
    Sounds just like what the Afghan people had to endure under Taliban rule.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  25. Bob

    I also want to point out this story was posted yesterday and my comment today is the only comment made. Typical USA. re,ove yourself from reality and forget. I'm sure the Democrats are banking on the same attitude come this November. We are in this mess because america will not stand up and take notice. I have a son in the war zone and I was laid off last September so you can see why I am vocal. I could keep going but I won't.

    April 13, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bob

    This is what I don't get. Our news media jumps all over our soldiers if they make a mistake in the war zone. Protect the civilians....at our cost. You can see here the mantality of the enemy we are facing. They have no rules of war. The element of surprise is a major plus for an army but we have made sure we don't have that anymore. Notices to the population that we will be conducting a mission?? The media needs to be moved back and they can be told of what is going on AFTER it happens. Why do we not publicise in advance when the President visits Iraq or Afghanistan? We only find out about it after he is safe in the sky and he has left. We owe it to our soldiers over there to be just as discrete.

    April 13, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  27. os

    The taliban are pathetic losers. It really is amazing how primitive these guys are. Bin Laden is a nasty fool whose whole existence has been committed to nothingness and he has not done one positive thing for the world. Cave dwellers are so primitive it is seriously a joke that people buy into their b.s.

    April 13, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. Iraq Paramedic

    I don't want ya'll to take this wrong but, that is what they get for disobeying standing orders of not going out without proper security. I pray for their safe return. To the rest of the cowboy journalists out there, be patient & the forces will get you rotated into somewhere you can get a story, if not hire some respectable, experianced security. As you can see you only make things worse when you get yourselves & your staff in these situations.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  29. waytogos

    havent they been kidnapping journalists from europe and the west for 7 years to no avail? Do they really think that because they captured 2 journalists the world is going to band together to free decades of terrorist arrests to save these 2 people? Oops I guess i was overlooking the fact that they are uneducated animals.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. derek

    well if they kill 4 of then im certain the french will kill 400...as the deoderant commercial goes..everything else is highly uncivilize:)

    April 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. JohnRJ08

    The minute Sarkozy released the "detainees" on this list the two journalists will be beheaded anyway. The Taliban isn't exactly the most honorable organization around these days.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  32. joe.

    As much as I feel for the french detainees, this is the risk they must accept if they want to go to the battle lines. This is not the first case nor shall it be the last, whats the options, negotiate with the terrorists giving them the exposure they want or simply not to, I question this whole war and the reasons we are there, but I also question the reporting of it and those who choose to do it. There in a bind no doubt, but too late is the cry.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Calvin

    Talk about problems. Every country is trying to do their best to take care of things at home and then citizens, whether they take a job and are working or just tourists go to places they should not be, know the repurcussions of going into dangerous area, even soldiers. Yet it is the governments reponsibility to get them out. Guess they should not go. Then the government that send troops in treat the prisoners better than they have it before they get caught, the terrorist abuse and murder our soldiers, but we coddle theirs. Wow! Some country roughs up one of theirs and we prosecute them. They kill one of ours and we do nothing. Eye for a eye. Think people, deal with it or just get out, of course they will send jihadist to your country and bomb our own people unless we take care of them first. Any decent human, christian, muslem, budhist or other religion that has no respect for life deserves no respect for their own life.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Shawn

    If they kill those French journalists, I hope France has some balls and kills six Taliban detainees.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sarah from Pennsylvania

    What has become fo the yong US soldier captured in Afgahistan. Why dont' we hear what the US and Karsai are doing to find this young man
    We need to get out of that country.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sgt D

    sorry, but i am not going to loose any sleep if these 2 journalist are killed.
    ya it is sad, but they CHOOSE to enter a war zone. sorry, So sad, but too bad.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Michelle

    Omg that's so scary!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Daniel

    I guess that thug Nicolas Sarkozy is above "negotiating with terrorists" too.So be it as far as he's concerned as long as France gets it's part of the Middle East and their resources.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Smith360

    Sadly, kidnapping for huge ransom's has been going on in Muslim led country's for century's. This appears to be no different, pay the Muslim demanded ransom so these kidnapped western journalists can return safely home.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bob

    The statement described the detainees as "miserable" and "living a life under torture and brutalities."

    Are you saying that the detainees held by the French are allegedly being tortured, or are you saying that those held by the Taliban are being tortured? You call both "detainees" so which is it?

    Pretty basic but important detail; a journalist should know that. Piss-poor reporting.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Nathanael [desert voice]

    I see no reason for France not to acquiesce to those demands. Human life always comes first, and everything needs to be done to save those journalists. Sorry for missing the "not" in the post above.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |