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American family freed from captivity in Pakistan



This news story was published on October 12, 2017.
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(New York Times photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump announced this morning that an American family held hostage in Pakistan has been freed.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Recovering the Boyle-Coleman Family from Captivity in Pakistan:

In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.

Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region. We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations.

Tillerson (right)

Press Statement

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 12, 2017

The United States Government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.

In 2012, U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman and Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle were taken hostage by the Haqqani network. Their three children were subsequently born in captivity. Today they are safe and secure.

I applaud the innumerable lines of effort from across the U.S. Government. I’m particularly proud of Ambassador Hale and his Mission Islamabad team for their engagement with Pakistan. These efforts reflect the best of what America can accomplish.

The United States also expresses our deep gratitude to the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Army for their cooperation. President Trump’s new South Asia strategy recognizes the important role Pakistan needs to play to bring stability and ultimately peace to the region. The United States is hopeful that Pakistan’s actions will further a U.S.-Pakistan relationship marked by growing commitments to counterterrorism operations and stronger ties in all other respects.

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16 Responses to American family freed from captivity in Pakistan

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Five years of indoctrination and training, that should be enough.

  2. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

    It will be interesting to know if he ever shaves off his beard. Hopefully big brother keeps an eye on these two.

  3. Carly Reply Report comment

    October 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Don’t forget she was seven months pregnant at the time. What do these people do for a job that they can travel around different countries. I know I couldn’t afford that.

    • Phyllis Reply Report comment

      October 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      You take Matts bait again and again Carly. All these provocative tabloid articles, borrowed off the internet, buy NIT “clicks” and pay his bills. You get your panties all bunched up and Matt smiles because of your naivete. You go girl!

      • Carly Reply Report comment

        October 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Phyllis, feel free to criticize me all you want. Sounds to me like you are the one with your panties bunched up. And explain to everyone why I am naive for providing more info to the story. Why don’t you use the internet to find out for yourself. My statements were correct on her being pregnant and wandering around a country at war.
        It sure doesn’t sound like a good idea to me to place yourself and your unborn baby at that much risk. My point is, do not expect someone to put their lives at risk because of your stupidity.

        • Phyllis Reply Report comment

          October 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

          The more you argue Carly the more money Matt makes by provoking us. Each time we log on and post Matt makes a few pennies but they all add up. I have no issue with the points you make, just reminding you and others how this whole game is played. Matt wins and we pay. Its called internet marketing.

          • Anonymous

            October 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

            Well, I would much rather read Carly’s posts than yours. And it didn’t cost me anything to say so.

      • Watchdog Reply Report comment

        October 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        Why all the carping about us folks clicking on stories and going to the NIT website? Matt making a living off the internet. What is wrong with that for?

        It’s his business and everybody is entitled to make an honest living.

        You sound very jealous!

    • Watchdog Reply Report comment

      October 12, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      That’s another thing. Why would a woman go hiking in a far off country when she is 7 months pregnant? It’s almost as if they were trying to connect with someone over there,

      Where did she have those babies?

      Just doesn’t make sense.

  4. SOMETHING DON'T ADD UP Reply Report comment

    October 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Something is not adding up here? The husband REFUSED to get on an American military plane to return to the America or Canada or where ever they live. Why? Because he was afraid he would be arrested by US authorities because a relative of his was part of the terrorist organization. (I am looking into which one. ISIS, Al Qaeda, OR THE TALIBAN)

    Now this man and this woman go hiking in Afaganastan. Huh? That in and of itself is strange. What Canadian man and American woman (MARRIED) go HIKING in a country in a civil war and torn apart by terrorist. Naw, ain’t buying it.

    THEN, this couple has THREE CHILDREN while in captivity. Are you kidding me? They were in CAPTIVITY and allowed conjugal visits an bear 3 children. That is a head shaker!

    Something wrong with this picture. I could be making a mountain out of mohill but at the very least this is strange.

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    White Americans, stay the hell out of muslim countries.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Translation: Brown, Black and other Americans of Color are encouraged to travel abroad and extend their stay.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm

        Exactly

      • Jonny Dahl Reply Report comment

        October 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        True story, we don’t need the brown, black, or other “Americans of color” here anyways.

  6. Carly Reply Report comment

    October 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Why do these people go hiking in counties that are involved in wars and then expect us to go and save them? They need to accept the risk on their own and not expect anyone to risk their lives to save them.