Pakistan officials announced that the Taliban has freed an American woman, her Canadian husband, and their children after five years of imprisonment. From ABC News:
Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, who were abducted while hiking in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province in 2012, were secured in an exchange between Pakistani military and U.S. commandos late Wednesday in a secret operation to bring them home after one of the longest — and strangest — American hostage ordeals in recent history, counterterrorism officials revealed.
The captor network was believed by intelligence and counterterrorism officials to have been part of the al-Qaeda-aligned Afghan Haqqani Network — which also held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner for five years until May 2014 — but no one ever asked the families to pay ransom. The Haqqanis also have close ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.
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Coleman and Boyle went on a trip in 2012 to visit Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Boyle contacted his in-laws on October 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in an “‘unsafe’ part of Afghanistan” as Josh described it.
The Taliban published a “proof of life” video in December 2016 that showed the entire family.Read more at LegalInsurrection