Western hostages held by Taliban are 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.

Security agencies of the United States (US) had informed Pakistan yesterdat through intelligence link that the hostages were transferred from Afghanistan to Pakistan across the border.

ABC News reports that Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were freed from Taliban captivity and then secured in an exchange between Pakistani military and USA commandos late Wednesday. The couple had two more children born in captivity.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the hostages were a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children.

"The army statement added that the success underscored timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting the menace "of terrorism" through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy".

The recovered hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", the ISPR said. A video released by the Taliban a year ago had showed the family, including two young boys.

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The U.S. has criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis.

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.

The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday.

"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 in a recent speech announcing his Afghanistan policy.

And while Trump labeled Pakistan "a valued partner" in the past, he also said the U.S. had "been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting".