American Woman, Family Held by Afghan Captors Since 2012 Finally Freed

Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

Pak Army recovers five foreigners kidnapped in 2012

The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday.

The couple set off in the summer 2012 for a journey that took them to Russian Federation, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

It added: "The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities, was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound".

"U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 Oct 2017 through Kurram Agency border", it said.

The recovered hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", the ISPR said.

Ms Coleman had told her family she gave birth to two children in captivity.

It did not name the family, but Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped by the Afghan Taliban during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan 2012, and are believed to have had at least two children while in captivity.

A US national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their critical assistance in securing the family's release - and described the cooperation as an important step in the right direction for U.S.

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Coleman, 31, was pregnant at the time of abduction.

The couple were last seen in a video released in December previous year where they pleaded for their governments to help free them. 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.

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.

"I think it's clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups", Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Hearing on Afghanistan and South Asia last week, using the Pakistan intelligence agency's acronym.

They most recently appeared in a hostage video released in June this year.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has already withheld millions in military funding from Pakistan due to his inability to certify that Islamabad "has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network", a branch of the Afghan Taliban.

The operation was conducted by the Army "based on actionable intelligence from United States authorities".

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