Taliban claims US hostage in poor health, has 'dangerous' disease

The Taliban put out what it called a warning about the health of a U.S. hostage.

King was abducted at the university with fellow teacher Timothy Weekes, an Australian national. Both are still being held hostage by the Taliban.

The group said that it has tried to periodically treat King's illness but is "facing war conditions and do not readily have access to health facilities."

It wasn't clear what kind of illness King is suffering from or what, if any, treatment he is receiving.

The Taliban had previously released at least two videos in which the hostages make statements pleading for the U.S. government to negotiate a prisoner swap with the Taliban for their release.