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Oct 12, 2017

Pak Army and ISI recovered 5 Western hostages (1 Canadian, his US National wife, and their three children) from terrorist custody through an intelligence based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies. They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 Oct 2017 through Kurram Agency border. The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin. 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 couple, Canadian Joshua Boyle (33) and his pregnant American wife Caitlan Coleman (31), were kidnapped by the Taliban in 2012 while traveling as tourists in Afghanistan, and have been held in captivity ever since. Coleman gave birth three times while in captivity. 

A 2016 Global News report about Boyle mentions that he was once married to Omar Khadr’s oldest sister Zaynab and "had a fascination with terrorism, Canadian counterterrorism and security" prior to divorcing Zaynab and marrying Coleman.

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