Taliban Affiliate Frees American Hostages Caitlin Coleman and Family in Afghanistan

Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

ABC News reports that Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were freed from Taliban captivity and then secured in an exchange between Pakistani military and US commandos late Wednesday.

The Pakistani military confirmed the news in a statement. The hostages were rescued "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence)".

In a statement, the Pakistani Army said United States intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and shared intelligence with Pakistan when the family was moved to the country.

Coleman and her husband had been held for five years and one day, according to the USA official.

They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there.

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It was not clear when the video was shot, but it was released after rumours swirled in Kabul that the government was planning to execute Anas Haqqani, son of the Taliban-allied Haqqani network's founder, who has been held since 2014. It's unclear whether they knew she'd had a third.

The family was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

"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.

The last known footage of the couple surfaced in December a year ago when they appeared in video urging their governments to secure their release.

"I pray to hear from you again, to hear how everybody is doing", the letter said. He issued a stark warning: "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting".

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