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Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle demands justice from Afghan government

Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle demands justice from Afghan government

Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held in captivity. She gave birth to three children - two boys and a girl - while in captivity.

In the summer of 2012, the couple embarked on a journey that took them to Russian Federation and the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and, ultimately, Afghanistan.

A USA military official said that a military hostage team had flown to Pakistan Wednesday prepared to fly the family out.

The operation came after years of US pressure on Pakistan for assistance.

Coleman was pregnant when she was captured. "Did we not put bullets in those bastards?'" Boyle recalled, appearing beside his wife and children in the video.

Speaking about the couple's children, Boyle said, "Obviously it would be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our 3 surviving children to call a home, to focus on edification", Boyle told reporters. An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of beMembers of the media make images of a posted note on the front door of Jim and Lyn Coleman's home in Stewartstown, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

"Their security is our absolute priority, and I think we all have to really remember what a traumatic experience this family has gone through, really unspeakable".

"What I can say is taking your pregnant wife to a very risky place is to me and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable", Jim Coleman told ABC News on Wednesday.

A USA national security official, who was not authorized to discuss operational details of the release and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the US obtained actionable information, passed it to Pakistani government officials, asked them to interdict and recover the hostages - and they did.

"God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network", he said.

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The Pakistani statement said the family had been held in Afghanistan but that "U.S. intelligence agencies has been tracking them" and shared that they had crossed the border on Wednesday.

On the plane from London, Boyle provided a written statement to The Associated Press saying his family has "unparalleled resilience and determination".

Boyle gave The Associated Press a handwritten statement expressing disagreement with USA foreign policy.

He suffered only a shrapnel wound, his family said.

The couple were abducted in October 2012 while in Afghanistan as part of a brief backpacking trip and held by the Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the US government.

United States officials had earlier told reporters, on the condition of anonymity, that Mr Boyle refused to board a USA military aircraft in Pakistan.

It's unclear what precisely about Boyle's background made him nervous around U.S. officials, but media reports have noted that Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr - the sister of the Canadian-born former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr - who has expressed sympathies with Al Qaeda.

The group also operates like a criminal network, and unlike the Islamic State group, it does not typically execute Western hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash. The team did a preliminary health assessment and had a transport plane ready to go, but sometime after daybreak Thursday, as the family members were walking to the plane, Boyle said he did not want to board, the official said.

The Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US troops following a firefight and was taken to the USA detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

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