Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

It did not name the family, but Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped by the Afghan Taliban during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan 2012, and are known to have had at least two children while in captivity.

The army did not name those held, only saying it worked with U.S. intelligence officials to track them down and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan. He also told his father that they've had a third baby in custody, a little girl who was born two months ago.

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me", Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country's role in bringing about the the recovery of the four hostages.

"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the ISPR said.


Coleman, 31, was pregnant at the time of abduction.

The family was being held by the Haqqani network.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", Trump said in a recent speech announcing his Afghanistan policy. This is a country that respects us now.

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