American-Canadian family held by Taliban leaves Pakistan

The family held captive by a Taliban-connected group for five years has left Pakistan after first declining to get on a plane following their celebrated rescue.

Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, left Islamabad early Friday with their three young children, Pakistan officials told the Associated Press.

But Boyle might not receive a warm welcome from his father-in-law — wherever the family lands.

“Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me and the kind of person that I am, it’s unconscionable,” Jim Coleman told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Friday.

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While their flight was reportedly headed for London, the ultimate destination wasn’t immediately clear. 

Coleman was pregnant when she and Boyle were kidnapped during a hiking trip through Afghanistan in October 2012.

Jim Coleman bashed Boyle for taking his pregnant wife to Afghanistan. 

Jim Coleman bashed Boyle for taking his pregnant wife to Afghanistan. 


She had the baby, along with two more children, in the custody of the Haqqani network, which is tied to the Taliban.

The family was “essentially living in a hole for five years,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters Thursday.

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They were rescued late Wednesday in a U.S. and Pakistan effort that reportedly resulted in a firefight. Boyle’s family said he was wounded by shrapnel during the shooting.

He also told them one of their captors yelled, “kill the hostage” amid the chaos.

But the 34-year-old Ontario native declined to get on a U.S. military plane reportedly headed for Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The couple was captured while hiking in Afghanistan five years ago.

The couple was captured while hiking in Afghanistan five years ago.


The elder Coleman couldn’t wrap his head around the refusal.

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“I don’t know what five years in captivity would do to somebody, but if it were me and I saw … a U.S. aircraft and U.S. soldiers, I’d be running for it,” he told “GMA” from his home in Stewartstown, Pa.

Boyle’s parents told reporters Thursday their son wanted a flight directly back to North America.

But U.S. officials also told the AP he was worried about being in American custody because his past marriage to the sister of an ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Coleman’s mother, Lyn, told “GMA” said she’d “been waiting to hear that voice for so long.” And once she did, “it sounded exactly like the last time I talked to her.”  

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