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Family Released After Five Years In Captivity In Afghanistan

The long ordeal of a Canadian man and his family has finally come to a close. Joshua Boyle, 34, his wife Caitlan Coleman, 31, and their three young children were rescued by Pakistani forces from Afghanistan, where they had been held in captivity since 2012. The couple had gone to the country at the behest of Boyle, who was said to be 'passionate' about it. We’ll assume he now feels differently. His wife was pregnant at the time, and she gave birth to two more children during their time as prisoners. As the Daily Mail shares, Boyle is now concerned that he’s going to have further problems that stem from his first marriage.

“However, Boyle is refusing to get on a US military plane at the air base in Bagram. Instead, he wants to go to Islamabad - where the Canadian military has a base - and board one of its aircraft, according to The Toronto Star which has been in contact with his parents,” the Mail reports. “They say he fears he will be punished for his first marriage to al Qaeda supporter Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of Omar Khadr who spent eight years between 2002 and 2010 in Guantanamo Bay for war crimes he still denies.”

It’s unclear if his passions for the country have anything to do with his first marriage. Caitlan is an American citizen, and her family taped a note to the door of their home in Pennsylvania upon news of the family’s release.

“The Coleman family appreciates all the interest and concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years in captivity,” the note read. “At this time, we ask that everyone respect our privacy as we make plans for the future.”

President Donald Trump released a statement upon the release of the family, and it’s something that he knew was coming.

“Yesterday, the US 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 statement read in part. “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.”

White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly concurred that this is a good sign for US-Pakistan relations.

“I think there's been a change in the cooperative relationship in Pakistan. The good news is officials got custody of the American citizens, the woman and the three children, and the Canadian husband,” he said. “They're now being cared for as we speak.”

As for Boyle’s first wife, we’re going to go out on a limb and assume there will be some more questions for him to answer about her, as well as about the travel itinerary he laid out for his pregnant wife.

Source: Daily Mail
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