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Canadian Says Child Killed, US Wife Raped In Afghanistan During Kidnapping

17 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Caitlan Coleman and Family Released by Taliban in Pakistan

The Canadian man Joshua Boyle who was freed from the captivity of the Haqqani terrorist network has said the members of the group have raped his wife and killed her infant daughter while they were kept as hostages.

Boyle and Coleman had been kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip.

Details and circumstances of the return of American national Caitlan Coleman and her family from their captors remained sparse but the U.S. has pushed back against accounts sourced to Pakistani officials that it was a "rescue" operation marked by a hostile confrontation with the abductors.

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

Coleman's parents told the online Circa News service that they received a letter from their daughter in November 2015, in which she wrote that she'd given birth to a second child in captivity. Mr Boyle said one of the children was killed.

He added one of his children is in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers.

"It will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home", he said in his later statement at the airport.

The couple was supposed to return to the U.S.so that Coleman, then pregnant, could deliver her baby.

Boyle said he and his wife now want to focus on building a new life.

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.

The Taliban group continued to keep the Boyle-Coleman family alive, despite deaths threats because of the killings of Taliban members made by the USA and Canada, the Washinton Post reported Friday.

A Pentagon official told CNN that after passing on the information to Pakistan, the United States military was considering launching a unilateral rescue operation - something akin to the 2011 mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad - when they heard from Pakistan that the family was safe and sound.

Boyle said the killing of his daughter was retaliation for his "repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani network had made to me".

U.S. officials have long accused Pakistan of ignoring groups like the Haqqani network, which was holding the family.

The Pakistani military said the rescue operation was carried out by the ISI with the army's support on the basis of actionable intelligence provided by the U.S., which had been tracking the victims.

An Associated Press reporter on the flight was given a handwritten statement by Boyle which read, "God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege".

In the written statement, Mr Boyle expressed disagreement with U.S. foreign policy. The Americans consider it a terrorist organization and have targeted its leaders with drone strikes. Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in "custody" given his family ties. Still from video released by their captors, the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Earlier Mr Boyle had been a spokesman for Omar Khadr, a Canadian held for 10 years at Guantánamo Bay after being captured as a teenager during a firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan, leading to a short marriage with Zaynab Khadr, Omar's sister. Unlike the Islamic State group, it typically does not execute Western hostages, preferring to ransom them for cash. Officials earlier said they had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture.

The siblings' father, Ahmed Said Khadr, who died in 2003, was a Qaeda financier close to Osama bin Laden, with whom the family had once briefly stayed.



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