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Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle are free. Their mysterious story is raising new questions.

Pakistani soldiers, acting on American intelligence, appear to have opened fire Wednesday at the tires of a car carrying Caitlan Coleman, 31, her husband, Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three children not long after it crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Pakistani officials have described the mission to free an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children as a harrowing operation and a rare bit of positive news in the troubled relationship between their country and the United States.

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The Guardian -
Parents of freed US hostage furious with son-in-law for Afghanistan trip

The parents of an American woman who was rescued with her Canadian husband and three children after five years in captivity have said they were elated that the family is safe – but incensed with their son-in-law for taking their daughter to Afghanistan.

He later praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region”, adding that the rescue suggested other “countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again”.


Fox News -
American Caitlan Coleman, family leave Pakistan after five years held by militants

Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and their kids boarded a commercial flight from Pakistan to Canada with a layover in London, U.S. officials told Fox News.

Boyle, a Canadian, had reportedly balked at boarding a U.S. plane out of Pakistan on Thursday, worrying his background could land him in hot water with American officials, specifically believing he could be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in 2002 in a firefight at an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.


The Guardian -
Family rescued from five-year kidnap ordeal fly out of Pakistan

The operation to free the family, which came after years of US pressure on Pakistan for assistance, unfolded quickly and ended with what some described as a dangerous raid, a shootout and a captor’s final, terrifying threat to “kill the hostage”.

Pakistan’s high commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan, said: “We know there was a shootout and Pakistan commandos carried out an attack and rescued the hostages.”



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