American family kidnapped by Afghan Taliban freed: Pakistan army

American family kidnapped by Afghan Taliban freed: Pakistan army

Pakistani troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" following a tip from United States intelligence agencies, the army said on Thursday.

In Pakistan, its military said in a statement that USA intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and discovered they had come into Pakistan on October 11 through its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan's military says.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity. The group released two videos of the hostages.

The description of the rescued hostages matches that of Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, captured in Afghanistan in 2012. But this is a country that did not respect us.

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The U.S. has long criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis, who have been behind many attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Army recovered five abducted foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in 2012 after an operation, it emerged on Thursday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has already withheld millions in military funding from Pakistan due to his inability to certify that Islamabad "has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network", a branch of the Afghan Taliban.

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