Washington: The Pakistan Army have recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an operation based on actionable intelligence from US authorities.
Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip. Coleman, 31, was pregnant at the time of abduction. All the three children were born in captivity.
The US Navy Seals were ready to mount an operation inside Pakistan, similar to the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden, if it failed to act decisively on a US tip off to rescue this Canadian-American family abducted by the Haqqani network in 2012, according to a media report.
US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale delivered an urgent message to the Pakistani government – “Resolve this, or the US will”, the paper quoted one of the officials as saying.
“The implication was clear. If the Pakistanis did not act decisively, the US would set aside its unease and launch a raid deep inside the country to free the family,” it said.
The whereabouts of the hostages were located by a CIA drone in a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month. The grainy images – captured by the drone – of a young woman and children in a militant camp were a “breakthrough”, The New York Times reported, citing senior American officials.