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Family freed from Taliban captivity leaves Pakistan for Canada

13 October 2017, 03:01 | Erica Roy

York County community rejoices over family's release by Taliban-linked group

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

Not only the parents of Boyle thanked Pakistan Army but US President Donald Trump also lavished praise on Pakistan for the safe recovery of Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and three of their children.

United States intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on October 11, 2017.

"Canada has been actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we thank them for their efforts, which have resulted in the release of Joshua, Caitlan and their children", Freeland said in the statement.

Pakistan's military on Thursday recovered five foreign hostages captured from Afghanistan in 2012.

"Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a disgusting ordeal over the past five years".

A video broadcast recently showed the couple with three smiling children. "My children have seen their mother defiled", Coleman read from a script.

Boyle says the last thing he heard from his captors while the family was in the trunk of a vehicle during a firefight was "kill the hostages".

"He was so amusing and so charismatic", he said.

A US national security official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said USA officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a USA transport plane, but at the last minute Boyle would not get on, the official said.


"He raved about her _ how good a person she is, and how smart she is", Greg said.

The two vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russian Federation, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

"I kind of wish he would have told me, because I would have said, 'Hey, dummy, what are you doing?"

Ms Coleman's parents, Jim and Lyn Coleman, last heard from their son-in-law on October 8, 2012 from an internet cafe in what Josh described as an "unsafe" part of Afghanistan.

They would appear sporadically in videos from the Haqqani network over the years, saying their captors had threatened to kill them if the Afghan government would not stop executing Taliban prisoners.

Boyle was formerly married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the son of a prominent Al-Qaeda financier.

Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in "custody" given his background.

In December, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said Coleman's family was "a model of persistence and determination" through "the most horrific of situations". They are known to have had children while in captivity.

USA officials say an American woman and her Canadian husband are free five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan.



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