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 told The Associated Press that 31-year-old American Caitlan Coleman, her husband, 34-year-old Canadian Joshua Boyle, and their three young children were rescued from the Haqqani network, a group with links to the Taliban.

The army did not name those held, only saying it worked with United States intelligence officials to track them down and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan.

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

Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia.

"As a man, father and now grandfather, I am asking you to show mercy and release my daughter, her husband, and our attractive grandchildren", Jim Coleman said.

It soon emerged that the Taliban were upset over reports that Anas Haqqani, brother of the No. 2 Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, had been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death in secret proceedings in Kabul.

A North American family that had been held hostage by the Afghan Taliban has been freed following an operation in Pakistan, the Pakistani military said Thursday.

The Taliban continue to hold other western hostages including USA citizen Kevin King, 60, and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks, 48.

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

The five family members were in the custody of officials from the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Pakistan, according to a U.S. official. Both men were working as teachers at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul when they were forcibly kidnapped from a vehicle in August 2016. They said, 'You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would've never done that.' It was a great sign of respect.

"Something happened today, where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news", Trump said. You'll probably be hearing about it over the next few days. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me".