American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

The family's endured a horrific ordeal while being held.

In Washington, US President Donald Trump hailed the release of the hostages from Taliban captivity and identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle.

The U.S. government offered a military flight to transport Boyle and his family to the United States or to Canada, or "anywhere they wanted to go".

The couple was captured while hiking near Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 and held by the Haqqani network. "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately". They expressed hope that the operation represented part of a growing security cooperation as called for in Trump's new South Asia strategy. He added: "As far as I can tell, we're not remotely there yet".

"A firefight breaking out, that all five captors had been killed by the Pakistani Army, and all five of our Boyles were safe and okay. However, we're hopeful that it portends that trend".

Afghanistan is rife with militants and organised criminal gangs who stage kidnappings for ransom, often targeting foreigners and wealthy Afghans, who are said to have been ferried over the border into Pakistan's tribal belt.

"The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wish that it do more to provide security in the region". He portrayed it as a sign of wider worldwide respect for the nation he leads.

"The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from United States authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin", the statement said.

Pakistan has mounted massive military operations against Pakistani Taliban that launch attacks on home soil, claiming thousands of lives. It has ties to the Taliban dating to the extremist movement's genesis in the 1990s.

But the two countries still have conflicting interests - and the Trump administration's vow to apply more diplomatic pressure on Pakistan is unlikely to work, given Islamabad's growing alliance with regional heavyweight China, say analysts.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cheered their release and the cooperation between the US and Pakistan. The official said Pakistan can not be blamed for the violence in Afghanistan, which he said is the source of attacks inside Pakistan.

The rescue, prompted by a tip from US intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan's army.

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