Canadian-American family freed after five years as captives in Afghanistan

Canadian-American family freed after five years as captives in Afghanistan
  • Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and three children held by Taliban-linked group
  • Couple abducted in Afghanistan and had children in captivity

US officials have confirmed the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children, bringing an end to the couple’s nearly five years in captivity at the hands of a militant group aligned with the Taliban.

Troops in Pakistan, working in conjuction with the United States government, secured the release of American Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, Donald Trump said in a statement on Thursday.

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