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I’ve always wondered why anyone would really want to go backpacking in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, considering all of the turmoil, war, violence and history of people being kidnapped and held as political prisoners or hostages. But that didn’t stop American, Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle from traveling to Afghanistan to go backpacking in 2012. Sadly, they were captured by Taliban forces and have bene held captive for the past 5 years. While in captivity, the couple have had three children.

US intelligence has been tracking the location of the couple for several years and recently tipped off Pakistan forces about their location along the border. Pakistan troops moved in and rescued the couple and their children, in what President Donald Trump praised as a positive moment in US-Pakistan relations.

Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban.

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while in captivity.

They were rescued after a US tip-off during an operation near the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said.

US President Donald Trump said it was a “positive moment” for US-Pakistan ties…

Their families have worried and prayed about them for the past five years, especially since Caitlan was pregnant at the time of their abduction. The Canadian government has also praised the joint operation between the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Trump’s praise of Pakistan’s army comes just a couple months after he openly condemned the Pakistani government for harboring some of the terrorists that the US has hunted for years, including when they knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden.

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