Pakistan rescues Canadian-American family, abducted in Afghanistan in 2012

Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

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

"US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border", the ISPR said. The couple had two more children born in captivity.

In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the USA government to free them from the Taliban. They were abducted by Afghan-based terrorists in 2012 and kept as hostages for five years.

The US military has long believed that Pakistan's principal intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has maintained links with the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani Network.

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Afghanistan is rife with militants and organised criminal gangs who stage kidnappings for ransom, often targeting foreigners and wealthy Afghans, who have been ferried over the border into Pakistan's tribal belt.

Coleman, 31, and Boyle, 33, in their last video message released in December 2016, urged then-President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate with the Taliban to secure their release in return for the prisoners. They had started their trip in Russian Federation, then traveled to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, before finally ending up in Afghanistan.

"As a man, father and now grandfather, I am asking you to show mercy and release my daughter, her husband, and our lovely grandchildren", Jim Coleman said. You'll probably be hearing about it over the next few days.

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The family was being held by the Haqqani network.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", Trump said during his August speech announcing the new strategy. This is a country that respects us now.

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