American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued after captivity in Afghanistan

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Pakistan's military announced Thursday it has rescued USA national Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle along with their three children from a tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The initial word came from a Pakistani Army statement and was confirmed by United States officials.

ABC News reports that Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were freed from Taliban captivity and then secured in an exchange between Pakistani military and US commandos late Wednesday. Coleman was five-months pregnant at the time and the couple was backpacking through Central Asia.

The five family members were in the custody of officials from the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Pakistan, according to a U.S. official.

The Pakistani Army said it had "recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his USA national wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies".

The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy, the ISPR statement added. "And one of my generals came in".

"This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now". In December the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said the Haqqani Network held a total of five American hostages.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity. They want money, power and friends.

They last were seen in a hostage video taken in December 2016 begging their governments to save them.

The US military has long believed that Pakistan's principal intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has maintained links with the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani Network.