Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

The statement did not identify those rescued, although two army officials who were not identified said the American Caitlan Coleman, her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, and their three young children were rescued from a Taliban-linked group.

They were rescued during an operation in Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border, the army said.

Coleman, 32, who was pregnant at the time, and her Canadian husband Josh Boyle were abducted while they were hiking in Afghanistan during the summer of 2012.

The last known footage of the couple surfaced in December previous year when they appeared in video urging their governments to secure their release.

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

It is not clear how much Pakistan may have aided in the rescue efforts for Coleman and her family.

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

Coleman's parents last heard from their son-in-law on October 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Boyle described as an "unsafe" part of Afghanistan. A video released by the Taliban previous year had showed the family, including two young boys.

The US military has long believed that Pakistan's principal intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has maintained links with the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani Network.

"That will have to change, and that will change immediately", Trump added, saying "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service members and officials".

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