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12 October 2017, 04:21 | Devin Moran
American Caitlan Coleman, family freed from Afghanistan captors
A North American family that had been held hostage by the Afghan Taliban has been freed following an operation in Pakistan, the Pakistani military said Thursday.
Pakistan's army did not name those held, only saying it worked with USA intelligence officials to track down the hostages and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan.
The couple went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 and the Afghan Taliban later claimed responsibility for abducting them.
"All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin", it added.
In Pakistan, its military said in a statement that US intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and discovered they had come into Pakistan on October 11 through its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. "The world is starting to respect us again, believe me", Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country's role in bringing about the the recovery of the four hostages.
The young mother, who grew up in Stewartsttown, Pa., tells her father, Jim Coleman, that her personality in captivity has changed from being like one Disney heroine to another.
A USA national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation, commended Pakistan for their critical assistance in securing the family's release - and described the cooperation as an important step in the right direction for U.S.
"The success (of the operation) underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace [of terrorism] through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy", the army said.
The US military has long believed that Pakistan's principal intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has maintained links with the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani Network.
They were reportedly held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.
The couple were last seen in a video released in December past year where they pleaded for their governments to help free them.
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