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Caitlan Coleman and her family have been released by the Taliban



Caitlan Coleman and her husband Joshua Boyle --held captive by the Haqqani, a Pakistani terrorist organization that is associated with the Taliban, since 2012 -- have been released. They were taken captive October 11, 2012, and released the same day five years later.

The announcement came on Thursday, when Pakistani authorities said soldiers with the Pakistani army recovered the family in an operation they conducted based off of U.S. intelligence. When she was captured in 2012, Coleman was seven months pregnant. Since their capture she has given birth to three children: two boys, and most recently a daughter.

Coleman, who is from York, PA, and Boyle, a Canadian citizen, have been the subject of a number of hostage videos since their capture.

See Circa's exclusive interview with Caitlan Coleman's family

Prior to Coleman, Boyle was married to Zaynab Khadr. Reportedly, her brother was once held in Guantanamo Bay, and her father had been linked to al-Qaeda.

A statement from the White House said, "Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region."

Wednesday evening in a speech focused on tax reform, President Trump referred to Pakistan when he touted that "America is being respected again." He said, "Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. And one of my generals came in, they said, you know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would have never done that. It was a great sign of respect. You'll probably be hearing about it over the next few days."

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