Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and their two children were released from Afghanistan prison after being held in captive for five years. The couple were apprehended by the Taliban while traveling as tourists in 2012. Caitlin, at the time of her arrest, was pregnant with their first child who was born, a boy, while they were in captivity. Their second son was also born in prison as well.
The news came in this morning from the Pakistani Army and confirmed by U.S. officials. “The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” the statement said. “The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.”
Caitlin, who is from Pennsylvania, and her family were last seen in December 2016, in a video released by the Taliban, where she pleaded for help from President Obama saying the Taliban “are not going to simply release our family easily, because it is correct. They want money, power and friends. … We are told there are Afghans who are prisoners in Kabul that these men care about.” She went on to say that her children watched as she was “defiled” by her terrorist captive.
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President Trump spoke in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night where he alluded to this breaking news when he stated “something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news.”
“One of my generals came in and they said, you know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would have never done that.” This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now. The world is starting to respect us again, believe me,” Trump said.
Two more hostages are still being held captive by the Taliban, U.S. citizen Kevin King and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks. Both were teachers working at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul when they were kidnapped in 2016. Also still believed to be in captivity is writer Paul Overby, who is 70.