American Hostage And Family Freed After 5 Years Of Taliban Captivity

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

And he suggested that the rescue was the result of his tougher diplomatic stance against Pakistan, which Washington has been pressuring over its support for some armed Islamist groups.

"Today they are free", Trump said of the family. They said, 'You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would've never done that.' It was a great sign of respect. He says the release suggests other "countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again".

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are on their way home after five years held hostage by the Haqqani network. The official said the family is free, but Boyle didn't want to board a USA transport plane. Instead, the Taliban wanted to trade them for a captured leader, Anas Haqqani, whom the Afghans had sentenced to death.

This faction has always been suspected of having links with Pakistan's shadowy military establishment.

The U.S. has criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis.

USA officials say Pakistan secured their release. But this is a country that did not respect us.

It soon emerged that the Taliban were upset over reports that Anas Haqqani, brother of the No. 2 Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, had been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death in secret proceedings in Kabul. In recent remarks on his Afghanistan policy, Trump noted billions paid to Pakistan "at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting". On Thursday, the Army's media wing confirmed the rescue and recovery of five foreign nationals in an intelligence-based operation.


The Pakistan intelligence agency said in a statement that USA intelligence agencies informed them October 11 that the family had been moved across the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan's Kurram Tribal Agency, southeast of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Kurram borders Nangarhar and Paktia provinces in Afghanistan.

The rescued hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", it added.

HASHIM: Thanks very much for having me, Steve. I had an opportunity to talk with the the chief of army staff yesterday and I expressed my appreciation.

Coleman was pregnant at the time she was kidnapped, and a video released by the Taliban in December showed two sons born while she and her husband were hostages.

INSKEEP: The Haqqani network. The marriage ended and the inmate was later released to Canada.

USA officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children, who were born in captivity.

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