Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

Friday, 13 October 2017, 12:23:54 AM. An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a group with ties to the Taliban and called a terrorist...
By JILL COLVIN, LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMEDAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a group with ties to the Taliban and called a terrorist organization by the United States, American and Pakistani officials said Thursday. U.S. officials said Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, who were abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network. Coleman was pregnant when she was captured. The couple had three children while in captivity, and all have been freed, U.S. officials said. "Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan," President Donald Trump said in a statement. "Today they are free." Trump later praised Pakistan for its willingness to "do more to provide security in the region" and said he release suggests other "countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again." The Pakistani military confirmed the release and said the family was "being repatriated to the country of their origin." But as of Thursday morning, the family's precise whereabouts were unclear and it was not immediately known when they would return to North America. The family was not in U.S. custody, though they...Read more
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