Monday, 23 October, 2017

North American hostages rescued from Taliban-linked group in Pakistan

The recovered hostages are US and Canadian citizens and were recovered in rescue operation The recovered hostages are US and Canadian citizens and were recovered in rescue operation
Nicole Thomas | 13 October, 2017, 01:12

US citizen Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children have all been released in Pakistan, after spending five years held by the militant Haqqani network.

U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and on Wednesday shared that the family had been moved across to Pakistan through Kurram tribal border area, the army said. In the video, the couple pleads with the American and Canadian governments to answer the demands of their captors. Boyle received minor shrapnel wounds from the ordeal, according to The Star.

The parents were most recently seen in a December 2016 video.

Ms Coleman was pregnant when they were kidnapped and they have had three children while in captivity.

"He raved about her - how good a person she is, and how smart she is", Greg said. "It's a lot of humility and self-analysis of why she is in this situation".

The captor network was believed by intelligence and counterterrorism officials to have been part of the al-Qaeda-aligned Afghan Haqqani Network - which also held Army Sgt.

The Taliban are also thought to be holding American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weekes, professors at the American University of Afghanistan who were dragged from vehicles in Kabul by gunmen.

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US President Donald Trump hailed the couple's freedom after five years held in the lawless Afghan-Pakistan border region by the notorious Haqqani network.

While US security officials have confirmed that the family is now in a safe location in Pakistan, their exact whereabouts are not specifically clear as the officials couldn't speak about the case publicly, reports The Associated Press.

The parents of both Coleman and Boyle spoke to PennLive in 2014.

WASHINGTON | Five years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan, an American woman and her Canadian husband are free, along with their three children, all born in captivity. "But we were buoyed to receive your letter, and for the first time we have hope that things might wrap up soon, God willing".

INSKEEP: So this family spent five years in captivity.

During a speech to truckers in Pennsylvania last night, Trump previewed "something big" happening on foreign policy. "Today they are free", Trump said in a statement released by the White House. He added, "I mean that's the kind of people we're dealing with over there". They said, "You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would've never done that". This is a country that respects us now. This is a country that respects us now. He says the release suggests other "countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again".

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