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Canadian Rescued From Taliban Has Complicated Ties to Osama Bin Laden

Canadian Rescued From Taliban Has Complicated Ties to Osama Bin Laden

Caitlan Coleman, who is originally from Pennsylvania, and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the militants while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012. The couple did not inform their families that they were expecting a newborn child at the time of the trip.

Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped in 2012 while travelling in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump addressed the joint rescue made by possible by the US and Pakistan in a press conference Thursday.

The operation came after years of USA pressure on Pakistan for assistance.

Coleman was pregnant at the time and had four children in captivity.

Even as a child, they said, Coleman loved to travel off the beaten path.

He added that one of his children is in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.

USA officials say several other Americans are being held by militant groups in Afghanistan or Pakistan. An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of beMembers of the media make images of a posted note on the front door of Jim and Lyn Coleman's home in Stewartstown, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. "But, I think that's all I want to say about that". His wife was not at the news conference.

Caitlan Coleman talks in a video while Canadian husband Joshua Boyle holds their two children in a video released by the Taliban in 2016.

He nodded to one of the State Department officials and said, "Their interests are not my interests".

Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle has demanded that the Afghanistan government bring his kidnappers to justice for the "murder" of his infant daughter and the rape of his wife while they were in captivity.

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The family was freed by Pakistani commandos on Wednesday after they and their captors crossed the border from Afghanistan.

The handwritten statement Boyle gave AP news agency expressed disagreement with United States foreign policy.

The couple were abducted in October 2012 while in Afghanistan as part of a brief backpacking trip and held by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the USA government.

An Associated Press reporter on the flight was given a handwritten statement by Boyle which read, "God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege".

Washington considers the Haqqani group a terrorist organization and has targeted its leaders with drone strikes.

He suffered only a shrapnel wound, his family said.

It's unclear what precisely about Boyle's background made him nervous around USA officials, but media reports have noted that Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr - the sister of the Canadian-born former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr - who has expressed sympathies with Al Qaeda.

The Haqqani group had previously demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, a son of the founder of the group, in exchange for turning over the American-Canadian family.

Another US official said Mr Boyle was nervous about being in "custody" given his family ties. Unlike the Islamic State group, it does not typically execute Western hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash.

Put on notice by Trump, who has said the USA will not be "silent" any more about Pakistan providing safe havens to terrorists, Islamabad is desperately seeking to salvage its reputation and fortunes with an erstwhile benefactor and ally that has run out of patience.

The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US troops following a firefight and was taken to the USA detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

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