American-Canadian Family With 3 Kids, Rescued From Taliban Captivity After 5 Years

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| October 13 , 2017 , 09:20 IST

An American woman Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle have been rescued from captivity along with their 3 children, 5 years after they had been held hostage by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network in Afghanistan.

The rescue operation was conducted by Pakistani security forces based on intelligence from US agencies, a sign that the relationship between US and Pakistan may be improving after the US pressured Pakistan to take a more active role in fighting terrorism.

Coleman, 31, and Boyle, 33, had been travelling as tourists in Afghanistan in 2012 when they were kidnapped and held as hostages for 5 long years. Coleman had been pregnant at the time, and gave birth in captivity. During their time as hostages, the couple had two more children.

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The Pakistani Army, in an official statement, said that US intelligence agencies had been tracking the movement of the hostage family and shared the details with the Pakistan forces when the family was moved to the country.

"The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin," the statement said.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy," the statement continued.

Pakistan had been facing pressure from the international community which alleged that Pakistan was providing a safe haven for terrorists.