Taliban warrant family liberated by Pakistani troops

Media captionFile video of Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Colema while in captivity

Pakistani soldiers have liberated a North American family of 5 who were being held warrant by the Afghan Taliban.

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had 3 children while in captivity.

They were discovered after a US spill during an operation nearby the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said.

US President Donald Trump pronounced it was a “positive moment” for US-Pakistan ties.

“Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s 3 children while they were in captivity,” Mr Trump pronounced in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.”

He added: “The Pakistani government’s co-operation is a sign that it is for America’s wishes for it to do some-more to yield confidence in the region.”

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Videos of the couple were expelled by their captors, the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network, during their captivity. The mutinous organisation has been demanding the recover of 3 of its prisoners in Afghanistan.

The latest video, expelled last December, showed the couple with two immature boys. In it, Ms Coleman – who was profound when she and Mr Boyle were abducted – begged for an finish to what she called their “Kafkaesque nightmare”.

Media caption“It was amazing”

The Pakistani army pronounced US comprehension agencies had been tracking the family in Afghanistan, and reported that on 11 Oct they had changed opposite the limit into the Kurram genealogical district of Pakistan.

In a matter it said: “The success underscores the significance of timely comprehension pity and Pakistan’s continued joining towards fighting this threat by co-operation between two forces against a common enemy.”

In a video matter expelled to the Toronto Star newspaper, Linda Boyle pronounced she and her husband Patrick had oral to their son Joshua by write after his release.

“That’s the first time in 5 years we got to hear his voice,” she said. “It was amazing.”

The couple offering interjection to the Pakistani soldiers who had “risked their lives” to rescue the family.

They pronounced Joshua had pronounced his children were looking brazen to assembly their grandparents, and that he hoped to see them within days.

Media caption“A lot of countries are starting to honour the US again”

However, Reuters news group quotes unknown US officials as observant that the US military had been prepared to fly the family out of Pakistan – but Mr Boyle had refused to house the aircraft.

Mr Boyle was once married to a lady who espoused radical Islamist views and is the sister of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Omar Khadr. CNN suggested he competence fear charge by the US authorities.

Asked about this, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said: “Joshua Boyle is not the theme of an investigation. Our concentration is very much on the reserve and the confidence of this family.”

Ms Freeland also pronounced Canada did not compensate any recover for their release.

Earlier, she had pronounced her supervision was “greatly relieved” the family had been expelled and was safe, and thanked the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a terrible distress over the past 5 years. We mount prepared to support them as they start their recovering journey,” she added.


‘They need one another’

By Gary O’Donoghue, BBC Washington correspondent

Relations between Washington and Islamabad have been diligent for years.

The US believes that Pakistan allows groups such as the Haqqani network to preserve within its borders, and that Pakistan’s comprehension services have close links to the Taliban and other antagonistic groups inside Afghanistan.

In August, President Trump said: “We have been profitable Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.”

For its part, Pakistan accuses the US of unwell to know the sacrifices it has done in terms of lives by militant attacks on its soil.

Nevertheless, both sides need one another and so some kind of transactional attribute stays important.

Mr Trump went out of his way to appreciate Pakistan for its role in the rescue of the family, sketch a proceed tie between his proceed and the happy outcome.

But Washington will wish to see serve justification over time that Pakistan is peaceful to continue co-operating before anything like genuine trust can exist between the two countries.

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