Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

Pakistan Rescues Western Couple Held by Afghan Taliban

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

The US military has long believed that Pakistan's principal intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has maintained links with the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani Network.

The initial word came from a Pakistani Army statement and was confirmed by United States officials.

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The release, which came together rapidly Wednesday, comes almost five years to the day since Coleman and Boyle lost touch with their families while traveling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity.

It added: "The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities, was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound".

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"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the ISPR handout said. A video released by the Taliban previous year had showed the family, including two young boys. It's unclear whether they knew she'd had a third.

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

"We ask that you are merciful to their people and God willing they will release us", she said in the video, addressing Trump in December. You'll probably be hearing about it over the next few days. "Please grant them an opportunity to continue their lives with us, and bring peace to their families". US officials call the group a terrorist organization and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes.

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And while Trump labeled Pakistan "a valued partner" in the past, he also said the USA had "been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting". "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

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