Family freed from Taliban captivity leaves Pakistan for Canada

A still image from a video shows American Caitlan Coleman speaking next to family members

They most recently appeared in a hostage video released in June this year.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with official protocol.

However, the recent successful rescue operation of an American-Canadian family by Pakistani forces have pleased Trump and he applauded the country for its efforts.

They vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russian Federation, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity.

"Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a terrible ordeal over the past five years". The early Thursday rescue operation "by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful". It unfolded quickly and included what some described as a shootout and a unsafe raid.

US officials expressed hope that the hostages' freedom could represent a turning point in relations between Pakistan and the United States, uneasy allies in fighting Taliban and other Islamist extremists in the region.

Family members remain inside the house in the rural community.

"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy", said a statement from the Pakistani military.

Just over five years ago, soon after they Wednesday, Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle set off on a journey to areas of the world infrequently traveled by Westerners, an admittedly quixotic trek their parents say was in keeping with the couple's adventure-seeking spirit. Her father, Ahmed Said Khadr, and the family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy.

The Toronto Star reported that Boyle spoke to his parents after his release and told them he'd been in the trunk of the kidnappers' auto with his wife and children when Pakistani forces rescued them.

A friend of Boyle's who asked to be identified by his first name, Greg, said he met the intensely private Boyle about 15 years ago playing an online Star Wars game. "This day is also special for Jim and Lyn Coleman who have spent the last five years devoted to the mission of bringing their loved ones home".

"They really and truly believed that if people were loved and treated with respect that that would be given back to them in kind", Linda Boyle, Boyle's mother, told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview.

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