Canadian American family rescued after five years as captives in Afghanistan

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  • Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and three children held by Taliban-linked group
  • Couple abducted in Afghanistan and had children in captivity

Nearly five years to the day after they were captured by militants linked to the Taliban, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children – all of whom were born in captivity – have been rescued, bringing an end to an ordeal the couple described as a “Kafkaesque nightmare”.

Pakistani troops, operating on intelligence provided by the United States, rescued Caitlan Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle and their children after locating them in the mountainous Kurram Valley region that borders Afghanistan.

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