• Allison McMIllian

American family rescued by Pakistani troops


In 2012, Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. At the time of their kidnapping, Caitlan was pregnant with her first child, according to The Telegraph. They were rescued by Pakistani troops on Oct. 11, 2017.

After being held captive for five years, her husband and three children were rescued. The rescue was dangerous because it ended in a shootout and a captor's threat to "kill the hostage." Joshua Boyle, the husband, only suffered a shrapnel wound, his family said, according to The Guardian.

On October 12, President Donald Trump said in a statement, "Today they are free." Trump later thanked Pakistan for providing more security for the region; he added that the release suggested other "countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again."

During their captivity, Coleman gave birth to three children and was forced to abort the fourth. She said she taught her children the best she could with the provisions they had, according to NBC News.

“One part of our imprisonment that we can take pride in was our schooling of the boys. We had no educational supplies, but we did as much as we could in the circumstances,” Boyle wrote to the NBC News.

“We were both home-schooled ourselves growing up, and wanted to give our children the same attention and home-schooling opportunities we had.”