American Woman and Family Released by Afghan Captors After 5 Years

| OCT 12, 2017 | 2:05 PM

On Thursday, the Pakistani government announced that its military participated in an operation that freed an American woman and her family from years of captivity under a Taliban-affiliated network.

The Pakistani military cooperated with U.S. intelligence, which discovered that the family's captors, who were part of the Haqqani network, crossed the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Oct. 11.

As Fox News reported, the captors took 32-year-old Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Josh Boyle, hostage in 2012 when Coleman was seven months pregnant. By the time of their release, the family had three children with them, two of which seemed to appear in a 2016 video with their mother, who pleaded for help.

“My children have seen their mother defiled,” Coleman reportedly said. She pleaded with former President Barack Obama not to “become the next Jimmy Carter,” who was president during the Iran hostage crisis.

In a statement released Thursday, President Donald Trump joined Pakistan in praising the rescue effort as a step forward in the nations' bilateral relationship.

“Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region,” Trump said.