Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

-Canadian couple and their three children after receiving intelligence from the United States, Pakistan said on Thursday, almost five years after the couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

"U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 Oct 2017 through Kurram Agency border", it said.

The couple, American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her American husband, Joshua Boyle, 33, were kidnapped by the Taliban in 2012 while they were traveling as tourists in Afghanistan and were held in captivity since.

The young mother, who grew up in Stewartsttown, Pa., tells her father, Jim Coleman, that her personality in captivity has changed from being like one Disney heroine to another.

Coleman was pregnant when she was captured.

"As a man, father and now grandfather, I am asking you to show mercy and release my daughter, her husband, and our lovely grandchildren", Jim Coleman said.

United States intelligence officials believed the couple was being held by the Haqqani Network, a branch of the Taliban believed to be responsible for some of the group's most violent and sophisticated attacks.

Boyle called his parents early Thursday morning to tell of their rescue. A few months later, in December, the Colemans appeared in a new video - seen for the first time with their children, who were born as hostages - warning that their survival depended on a reprieve for Taliban prisoners.

The family's current location, however, was unclear.

A US national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their assistance.

"I pray to hear from you again, to hear how everybody is doing", the letter said. "Please grant them an opportunity to continue their lives with us, and bring peace to their families".

Pakistan has been under increased pressure from Washington to crack down on alleged militant sanctuaries inside its borders after US President Donald Trump lambasted the country in a televised address in August.

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