American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their three children have been held prisoner for five years by the Haqqani Network, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group. Thanks to President Trump’s pressure on the Pakistan government to fight harder against terrorists, they have secured the release of the captive family. Obama either couldn’t or wouldn’t accomplish that feat.
The couple was captured in 2012 while hiking in Afghanistan. Coleman was seven months pregnant at the time and has had two other children in captivity other than that one. The family was transferred Wednesday night and were going to be handed over to American officials.
Trump released a statement praising the Pakistani government’s actions;
“Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. 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. We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations.”
The last proof that the family was still alive was a video in 2016 when Coleman begged Obama for help before he left office. Needless to say, that never happened.
It is believed the family was kept in a very remote location on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The release surprised many in the U.S. government. A senior intelligence official says Pakistan’s officials have been known to support terror groups. Another U.S. official remarked;
“We’re tremendously grateful to the government of Pakistan for securing the release of Caitlan Coleman and her family. The relationship with Pakistan has had its challenges but this is exactly the kind of action that will put the relationship on the right track. This could be a new beginning.”
Naturally, the media and liberals will never give President Trump the credit he deserves for this incredible action. It is difficult to hide though that the Middle East is finally getting the message.