After almost 5 years of being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, An American Woman, her husband and three children were freed by Pakistani security forces according to a report by CNN’s Ryan Browne and Barbara Star.
In 2012, Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were captured by the Taliban while on vacation in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant at the time and they had two more kids while being held as prisoners.
The Pakistani Army released a statement shortly after finding the family with the help of US intelligence agencies:
“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 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.”
President Donald Trump released a statement on Thursday confirming the release of the prisoners.
“The United States government, working in conjunction with the government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” read the statement.
“This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan,” Trump added. “The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.”