American, Canadian family released by group with Taliban ties

Oct. 12 (UPI) — An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children born in captivity were released by insurgents in Pakistan linked to the Taliban.

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network since.

Coleman was pregnant when abducted. The couple had all three of their children while in captivity.

Pakistan’s military said in a statement that it had “recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his U.S. national wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies.”

The family was being held in the American embassy in Pakistan and it is not publicly known when the family plans to return to North America.

The leader of the Haqqani network is also the head of the Afghan Taliban. The United States has criticized Pakistan in the past for not going after the extremely wealthy and well-connected Haqqanis, who are considered to be part of the Taliban terror organization.

The Haqqanis have been blamed more for than 2,000 U.S. military deaths, and their deep links to local tribes have dubbed them the “Kennedys of the Taliban movement.”

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