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

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

After five years since being kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a York County woman and her family have been freed.

However, sources identified the hostages as Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the military's media wing said. Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia. The insurgents had been demanding release of their prisoners in exchange for the two hostages who gave birth to the three children while in captivity.

The family's current location, however, was unclear.

A USA national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their assistance.

"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.

"That will have to change, and that will change immediately", Trump added, saying "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service members and officials".

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