Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Caitlan Coleman and Family Released by Taliban in Pakistan

Pakistan Army recovers Canadian American family abducted in Afghanistan Caitlan Coleman and Family Released by Taliban in Pakistan
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 16:08

Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan's military says.

Security agencies of the United States (US) had informed Pakistan yesterdat through intelligence link that the hostages were transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan across the border.

US officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity.

"The army statement added that the success underscored timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting the menace "of terrorism" through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy".

The family was being held by the Haqqani network.

Coleman was pregnant when she was kidnapped.

In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the US government to free them from the Taliban.

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

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.

Trump has made getting tougher with Pakistan in an effort to get them to crack-down on the Taliban a central tenant of his recently announced strategy for Afghanistan and the wider region.