American couple released by Taliban after five years in captivity

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An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, US and Pakistani officials said today.

US officials said Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, who were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and then were held by the Haqqani network.

Coleman was pregnant when she was captured.

The couple had three children while in captivity, and all have been freed, US officials said.

"Today they are free," President Donald Trump said in a statement, crediting the US government with securing the release "working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan.

"Trump later praised Pakistan for its willingness to "do more to provide security in the region" and said the release suggests other "countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.

"The Pakistani military said the family was "being repatriated to the country of their origin.

"But as of Thursday midday, the family's precise whereabouts were unclear, and it was not immediately known when they would return to North America.

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