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Canadian Rescued From Taliban Has Complicated Ties to Osama Bin Laden

17 October 2017

Boyle and Coleman were captured by the Haqqani network while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012 and held for five years and one day.

"The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter", he said.

He added, about the alleged rape of his wife, "As retaliation of the repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani had made to me".

Boyle continued: "And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as a lone action, by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant".

"I can say that the Pakistani military, acting on information that we provided, were able to secure the release of this family", she said, using a variation of the formulation - "secured the release" - used by President Donald Trump in a statement issued by the White House. The birth of the fourth child had not been publicly known before Boyle appeared before journalists in Toronto.

The Taliban in a statement on Sunday denied Boyle's claims. The statement further disputed Boyle's allegation that his wife was raped, saying that the family members had not been separated for even a minute after their capture.

"Today, we join the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones", the Canadian government said.

Meantime, Boyle's parents say they're waiting to find out precisely when their son and his family will be returning to Canada.

Officials announced Thursday that the family was freed in a rescue orchestrated by the USA and Pakistan governments.

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A U.S. -Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week after nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan has returned to Canada where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped.

On Thursday, U.S. and Pakistani officials announced the release of the couple and the three children they had in captivity, a welcome development in a odd tale that vexed federal investigators for years and became part of the political debate over the U.S. government's obligation to Americans held as hostages overseas.

USA officials have long accused Pakistan of ignoring groups like the Haqqani network, which was holding the family. It was a risky venture for any couple traveling without escort, especially since Coleman was pregnant with their first child. The ISI (Pakistan's intelligence agency) and the army got between the criminals and the auto to make sure the prisoners were safe and my family was safe.

The operation appeared to have unfolded quickly and ended with what some described as a risky raid, a shootout and a captor's final, terrifying threat to "kill the hostage".

United States officials pushed back but ever so gently, grateful for the help and cooperation they had received.

A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family. It's unclear whether they knew she'd had a third. "I can not confirm that", state department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters when asked to confirm reports that "Pakistani officials say that the family was rescued".

"God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege", he wrote.

Boyle gave The Associated Press a handwritten statement expressing disagreement with USA foreign policy.

Boyle said one of his children is suffering from health issues and needed to be force-fed by rescuers.

Canadian Rescued From Taliban Has Complicated Ties to Osama Bin Laden