World American Woman and Family Held for 5 Years in Afghanistan Freed From Militants

19:37  12 october  2017
19:37  12 october  2017 Source:   The New York Times

Bomb kills four Pakistani troops searching for kidnappers

  Bomb kills four Pakistani troops searching for kidnappers A bomb Sunday killed four Pakistani soldiers as they searched for militants linked to the kidnapping of a US-Canadian family who were freed last week. The incident happened near the Kharlachi checkpoint in Kurram district in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.The family were being held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in the tribal area until they were rescued during a Pakistani military operation Wednesday. "Four security force troops including a captain embraced shahadat (martyrdom) while three others sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device went off," the military said in a statement.

An American woman , her husband and their three children, who were captured and held hostage by the taliban almost 5 years ago were freed from "That will have to change, and that will change immediately," Trump added, saying "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and

WASHINGTON — An American woman and her family who have been held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed , ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and FBI agents involved in trying to secure their release, according to people familiar with the situation.

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  Pakistan army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban The Pakistani military said the captors of a US-Canadian family held by the Taliban fled on foot after troops shot at their vehicle's tyres, as it offered a fuller account Friday of the operation to rescue the hostages. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 and had all three of their children in captivity, have left Pakistan after being freed, according to a US official.

An American woman , her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, nearly five years after In December the commander of US forces in Afghanistan , Gen. John Nicholson, said the Haqqani Network held a total of five American hostages.

Credit SITE Intelligence Group, via Associated Press. WASHINGTON — An American woman and her family who have been held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed , ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and F.B.I

WASHINGTON — An American woman and her Canadian husband who were held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed along with their young children, President Trump said on Thursday, ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and F.B.I. agents trying to secure their release.

Pakistan’s military said that “through an intelligence-based operation,” it took custody of the hostages from the Haqqani network, the Taliban faction that had seized Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband, Josh Boyle, 34, in 2012.

The Pakistani military pledged to repatriate them, and American intelligence agencies were tracking the hostages as they crossed into the rugged tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. The Trump administration and the Pakistani government worked together to free them, Mr. Trump said. It was not clear what, if any, concessions were made to the Haqqani network to ensure the family’s release.

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  Family freed from terrorist captivity begins journey of recovery Joshua Boyle said the gravity of the situation his family survived is starting to sink in. Now that he, his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are safe, he's beginning to realize the impact five years in captivity had on his family. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," Boyle told CNN's Paula Newton on Sunday.Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped in Afghanistan by terrorists from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in 2012. Coleman was pregnant at the time of their kidnapping, and all their children were born in captivity.

The woman is a Pennsylvania resident named Caitlan Coleman, and she, her husband, and their two young sons have been held by the Taliban for more than four years . The family are the longest- held of the handful of Americans known to still be in militant hands there. (The family of American writer

An American woman , her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, nearly five years after being taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan . Popular. 3-year-old boy left at corn maze reunited with family the next day.

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“This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region. We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations.”

The pair was kidnapped in October 2012 while backpacking in Wardak Province, a militant stronghold near Kabul. At the time of her abduction, Ms. Coleman, who is from Pennsylvania, was pregnant, and later gave birth. She had two more children in captivity, adding pressure to resolve an already desperate situation.

In an unusual moment on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump appeared to telegraph the family’s impending release. “America is being respected again,” the president said during a speech on his tax plan in Harrisburg, Pa.

Afghan Taliban deny former hostage's claims of murder, rape

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An American woman , her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, nearly five years after In December the commander of US forces in Afghanistan , Gen. John Nicholson, said the Haqqani Network held a total of five American hostages.

“Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. 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. It was a great sign of respect. You’ll probably be hearing about it over the next few days.”

Mr. Trump did not mention Ms. Coleman, Mr. Boyle or Pakistan, but the revelation was notable for a president who had often complained that President Barack Obama shared what Mr. Trump viewed as important secrets, such as battle plans against the Islamic State. Pakistan’s relationship with the United States has been rocky.

The United States has long accused Pakistan’s military and its intelligence agency of harboring or ignoring militants, and relations have grown increasingly strained over Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan.

In a statement about the hostage release, the Pakistani army 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.”

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages

  Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages American officials asked Pakistan to rescue an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children. With new intelligence on their whereabouts, officials had limited time to act.WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted five years earlier while backpacking in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband.

WATCH: Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were captured in Afghanistan in 2012. Their families have come forward with a video of the couple, which they received last year , in hopes of getting help to set them free . Vassy Kapelos reports. Story continues below.

Militants Free American Woman and Family Held for 5 Years in Afghanistan . WASHINGTON — An American woman and her family who have been held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed , ending a case that has long frustrated diplomats and F.B. I. agents

The end of the family’s captivity was a victory for the State Department officials and the F.B.I.-led Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell that had worked on the case for years. The group was created under the Obama administration to improve the government’s efforts to free hostages and to ensure their families received timely information about them.

Josh Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, appeared in a video pleading for release from their Taliban captors. They were taken in Afghanistan in late 2012. © SITE Intelligence Group, via Associated Press Josh Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, appeared in a video pleading for release from their Taliban captors. They were taken in Afghanistan in late 2012. Previously, the Haqqani network had demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, one of its commanders, in exchange for the family’s freedom. The Afghan government captured Mr. Haqqani in 2014, and he was sentenced to death. The militant group had threatened to kill the family if he was executed.

In December 2016, the militants released a video of the family, including footage depicting their children. Ms. Coleman described her time as a hostage as “Kafkaesque” and said she had been “defiled.” “Indeed, they threaten to retaliate against our family,” she said.

“Their group will do us harm and punish us. So we ask that you are merciful to their people and, God willing, they will release us.”

An earlier video made public in August 2016 showed the couple. During it, Ms. Coleman urged the American government to “help stop this depravity.” She also said her captors “will execute us.” Earlier attempts to bring the family home fell short. In January 2016, Colin Rutherford, a Canadian, was freed after Qatar arranged a prisoner swap with the Afghan government.

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 15 in attack on Afghan police trainees

  Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 15 in attack on Afghan police trainees An ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a southeast Afghan city has killed at least 15 people and wounded over 40, a hospital official said Tuesday. The victims of the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban in a tweet, include "women, students and police", Hedayatullah Hamidi, public health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, told AFP."At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault," the interior ministry said in a statement.

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An American woman , her Canadian husband and their three children have been freed from captivity by Pakistani security forces, nearly five years after being taken One other American is believed to be held hostage in Afghanistan or Pakistan: writer Paul Overby, who is in his 70s. Continue Reading.

Officials had hoped Mr. Rutherford would be the first in a series of releases, including Ms. Coleman and her family. But that never materialized, for reasons that remain unclear. The Obama administration sought to jump-start talks with the Taliban but those efforts faltered after the American military killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the Taliban’s leader, in a drone strike in May of 2016.

The Haqqanis are believed to be holding an American university professor who was kidnapped in August of 2016. On a video released earlier this year, the man, Kevin King, pleaded for Mr. Trump to free him: “Have mercy on me and get me out.”

Another American, Paul Overby, disappeared in May 2014 and has not been seen since his abduction. He was trying to interview the head of the Haqqani network when he was abducted.

The Trump administration has had modest success in freeing Americans held overseas. In April, an Egyptian-American woman was released in Egypt after being held for nearly three years on human trafficking charges. Another American, Otto Warmbier, a student, was released from North Korea but died days later.

His family said Mr. Warmbier, who had been in a coma, was tortured. Three other Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea. The C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, tried to open a backchannel to the Syrian government to help free Austin Tice, an American journalist and former Marine officer who is being held in Syria.

His exact whereabouts is unknown, but American officials believe the Syrian government knows where he is being held.


U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistan's Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants — spokesman .
The leader of Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, died on Thursday, a spokesman said."Our leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was wounded in one of the recent drone strikes in Afghanistan. He was wounded badly, and today he was martyred," Asad Mansoor, a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman, said by telephone.

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