Taliban releases American-Canadian family after five years

Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, seen in December 2016, were reportedly handed over to U.S. commandos late Wednesday.


A North American couple and their three children have been freed by the Taliban after five years in captivity, officials said Thursday.

Pakistan’s military handed over Caitlan Coleman, a 31-year-old American citizen, and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, 34, to U.S. commandos in a secret mission late Wednesday, ABC News reported.

The couple was hiking in Afghanistan five years ago when they were captured, held by the Haqqani network.

That was the same group that once detained Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released back into U.S. custody in May 2014 and pleaded guilty last week to desertion.

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Coleman was pregnant at the time. She would go on to have the baby — and two more children — while in Taliban custody.

The couple was captured five years ago while hiking.


When the couple will return stateside is unclear, a U.S. official told the Associated Press.

Just days earlier, Boyle’s family provided a video of the couple filmed in January to ABC News and the Toronto Star.

The couple was seen dazed in dark clothes,ing to letters Boyle’s parents had sent to him.

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Coleman is seen cradling a newborn while wearing a black headscarf and robes. She tells her family “that if we all come out of this safely, and alive, then it would be a miracle.”

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