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Pak Army recovers family of foreigners kept as hostage: ISPR

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Pak Army recovers family of foreigners kept as hostage: ISPR

The description of the rescued hostages matches that of Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, captured in Afghanistan in 2012.

The U.S. has criticized Pakistan for failing to aggressively go after the Haqqanis.

The Pakistani military confirmed the news in a statement.

Coleman and her husband had been held for five years and one day, according to the US official.

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 Haqqani network has been accused of masterminding several high-profile terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital and have been known to kidnap Western hostages and smuggle them across the border into Pakistan. The hostages were rescued "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence)".

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In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the US government to free them from the Taliban.

In the initial hours after their release, the family was still in Pakistan as arrangements were being made to return them to either the USA or Canada.

The family was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

"We ask that you are merciful to their people and God willing they will release us", she said in the video, addressing Trump in December. The two were abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and have been held by the Haqqani network.

And while Trump labeled Pakistan "a valued partner" in the past, he also said the USA had "been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting".

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