WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity.
On Thursday, the Army’s media wing confirmed the rescue and recovery of five foreign nationals in an intelligence-based operation. The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan.
“Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity,” Trump said, in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.” The foreign nationals were captured in Afghanistan by terrorists.
US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram agency on October 11, 2017.
The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence by US authorities, successfully recovered the hostages. “All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” said ISPR.
Damascus: United Kingdom most wanted woman Sally Jones, a former musician who joined Daesh has been killed in Syria during US drone attack on Daesh hideouts.
Once a punk rocker, Jones, dubbed ‘White Widow’, had fled to Syria with her son in 2013 before becoming a recruiter for the Daesh group.
Now she is believed dead after US spy chiefs reportedly told their counterparts at MI6 that the militant was killed by a predator drone close to the border between Syria and Iraq in June.