Caitlan Coleman, 32, is an American who was abducted five years ago along with her Canadian husband, Josh Boyle, by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan. She was just freed with her family after an operation involving Pakistani forces. President Trump has been putting pressure on Pakistani forces to curb terrorism in that region and it seems to be working. Caitlan was seven months pregnant when they were taken hostage. They now have three little children.
The operation was taken on by Pakistani forces based on actionable intelligence provided by US authorities. They have been tracking the hostages and shared the location with Pakistani counterparts when the hostages shifted into Pakistani territory Wednesday. President Trump seemed to hint at the release of the captives when he spoke in Coleman’s home state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Coleman and Boyle were last seen in a hostage video in December 2016 pleading for their governments to intervene. Caitlan begged Obama to not become another Jimmy Carter. The couple vanished after traveling in the summer of 2012 to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan. Coleman’s parents, Jim and Lyn Coleman, last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an Internet cafe in what Josh described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.
In a 2016 YouTube video, Coleman refers to “the Kafkaesque nightmare in which we find ourselves” and urges “governments on both sides” to reach a deal for their freedom. She then adds: “My children have seen their mother defiled.” Two little children appear in the video with them. Caitlan gave birth to three children in captivity. “Please don’t become the next Jimmy Carter,” Coleman says in the 2016 video, reading a prepared statement and making a plea to former President Barack Obama. “Just give the offenders something so they and you can save face so we can leave the region permanently.”