An American woman and her Canadian husband were rescued on Wednesday. Five years to the day since the couple was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The couple also had three children, who were all born in captivity.
Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, 34 were abducted while hiking in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province back in 2012.Counterterrorism officials revealed that the family was saved in an exchange between Pakistani military and US. This has been one of the longest and most tenuous rescues in US history.
The family are still in Pakistan; however, The US military is making arrangements to have them safely returned.
Boyle had called his parents and told them that he was rescued following a shootout in which all five of his kidnappers were killed after he heard one of them say “kill the hostages.”
In a statement delivered on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump said that the US government worked heavily with the Pakistani government to secure the family’s rescue.
“The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wish that it do more to provide security in the region, and I want to thank the Pakistani government. They worked very hard on this and I believe they’re starting to respect the United States again. It’s very important. I think right now a lot of countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.”
The couple had been previously shown in videos that were sent to their families. The most recent being from January where the couple’s 4-year old son is seen sitting on his father’s lap. An infant child is also spotted in the video. It is reported that they gave birth to their third child sometime after the latest video.
The government is currently working on their safe transport back to the US.
Take a look at the Coleman’s before and after their ordeal.
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