The Taliban has released an American hostage along with her Canadian husband and their three children, a USA official and the Pakistani military said Thursday.
Pakistan's army said Thursday its troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" following a tip from US intelligence agencies. And one of my generals came in, they said, you know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would have never done that.
"Pak Army recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his USA national wife and their three children from terrorist custody", an army statement said. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me", Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country's role in bringing about the the recovery of the four hostages.
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.
Boyle, 34, and Coleman, 31, were kidnapped by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in October 2012.
The description of the rescued hostages matches that of Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, captured in Afghanistan in 2012. They want money, power and friends.
They last were seen in a hostage video taken in December 2016 begging their governments to save them.
The U.S. has long criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis, who have been behind many attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. 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".