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Pleas issued for couple gone missing in Afghanistan

KABUL — The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has made a public appeal for the couple’s safe return.

James Coleman of York County, Pa., the father of 27-year-old Caitlan Coleman, said she is due to deliver in January and needs urgent medical attention for a liver ailment that required regular checkups.

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In a weekend interview, James Coleman said he and his wife, Lyn, last heard from their son-in-law Josh on Oct. 8 from an Internet cafe in what Josh described as an ‘‘unsafe’’ part of Afghanistan. The Colemans asked that Josh be identified by his first name only to protect his privacy.

The couple had embarked on a journey last July that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and then finally to Afghanistan.

Neither the Taliban nor any other militant group have claimed they are holding the couple, leading some to believe they were kidnapped.

An Afghan official said their trail has gone dead.

Both the US State Department and Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry say they are looking into the disappearance.

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