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Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian-American family abducted in Afghanistan

Pakistan's military announced Thursday it has rescued US national Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle along with their three children from a tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Army said on Thursday that it had recovered five abducted foreign hostages from terrorists in an operation based on intelligence shared by the United States. He also told his father that they've had a third baby in custody, a little girl who was born two months ago.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the hostages were a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me", Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country's role in bringing about the the recovery of the four hostages.

Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia. A video released by the Taliban previous year had showed the family, including two young boys.

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They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there.

Coleman, 31, and Boyle, 33, in their last video message released in December 2016, urged then-President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate with the Taliban to secure their release in return for the prisoners.

The U.S. has long criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis, who have been behind many attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. This is a country that respects us now.


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