American family kidnapped by Afghan Taliban freed: Pakistan army

Afghanistan Captives

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are on their way home after five years held hostage by the Haqqani network. They had started their trip in Russian Federation, then traveled to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, before finally ending up in Afghanistan.

In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the US government to free them from the Taliban.

Three Pakistani military officials, all speaking on condition of anonymity as they weren't allowed to speak to journalists, also confirmed the hostages' identities.

"I think it's clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups", Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Hearing on Afghanistan and South Asia last week, using the Pakistan intelligence agency's acronym.

Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia.

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In the YouTube video, Coleman refers to "the Kafkaesque nightmare in which we find ourselves" and urges "governments on both sides" to reach a deal for their freedom.

They are known to have had children while in captivity.

Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. It was a great sign of respect.

"I pray to hear from you again, to hear how everybody is doing", the letter said.

"This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now". This is a country that respects us now.

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