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US-Canadian couple was held in Pakistan: CIA chief

US-Canadian couple was held in Pakistan: CIA chief

Oct 20, 2017 - 13:50

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok) The CIA chief said on Thursday the US-Canadian couple kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan were held ‘inside’ neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

Mike Pompeo told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington they had a great outcome last week when four US citizens who had been held for five years inside of Pakistan were rescued.

Pakistan’s military and government have indicated US citizen Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their children were rescued shortly after entering Pakistan from Afghanistan. The couple were kidnapped in 2012 while backpacking in Afghanistan and their children were born in captivity.

The CIA chief was speaking ahead of a visit to Pakistan next week by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said on Wednesday the United States expected Pakistan “to take decisive action against terrorist groups.”

A senior Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told a foreign news agency on Thursday the United States considers the family’s rescue a “template for more cooperation” by Pakistan.

Pompeo said the United States would do everything it could to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but added it could not be achieved if the militants had safe havens.