Canada The strange tale of a family freed from Afghanistan

20:37  12 october  2017
20:37  12 october  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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In this June 4, 2014 file photo, mother's Linda Boyle, left, and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, in Stewartstown, Pa. © Bill Gorman, AP In this June 4, 2014 file photo, mother's Linda Boyle, left, and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, in Stewartstown, Pa.

They met online in 2011 and shared a passion for Star Wars. They both had wanderlust in their hearts, which took to them the steps of Central Asia in 2012 — and landed them in captivity for five years. 

Here is a look at American Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, who were freed by a network with ties to the Taliban, according to U.S. and Pakistani authorities on Thursday.

Who is Caitlan Coleman? 

Coleman grew up in Stewartstown, Pa., a tiny borough in York County with about 2,000 people. She was known as a devout Catholic and a woman with a good soul. Friends would recall her countless acts of generosity from the big things (raising money for the poor in Haiti) to the small (always remembering to send thank-you notes.)      

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  Canadian man and family held captive for years in Afghanistan reportedly en route to London Freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan, Canadian Joshua Boyle and his family have left Pakistan and their flight is expected to land at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday, according to the BBC. They left Islamabad earlier in the day and are expected to arrive in London shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time. It is not known if they will remain in the U.K. or board a second flight.Pakistani officials confirmed the family had left the country. Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and were being held by the Haqqani network.

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Why was she on this trip?

Coleman was also someone bitten by the travel bug. She was seven months pregnant when she told friends and family about her next adventure in 2012: a trip to Central Asia, perhaps Kazahkstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikstan where she and her husband could dip into life with the locals and help out aid groups. Caitlan's mother told The Philadelphia News that Afghanistan was not part of the plan. "They promised us they wouldn't go," Lyn Coleman said.

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Who is Joshua Boyle?

Boyle is a Canadian who met Coleman on the Internet where they bonded over Star Wars. The couple married in 2011. Boyle attended a Mennonite school as a child and graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2005. Friends describe a pacifist who felt a calling to do humanitarian work — sometimes in dangerous locales. 

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 Is Boyle's earlier life connected with the abduction?

Boyle had a self-described intrigue over  terrorism. “Anything related to terrorism on Wikipedia, I wrote, pretty much,” he told the Globe and Mail in 2009. He also developed an interest in Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured in Afghanistan who was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2012. He married Khadr's sister in 2009, and some colleagues thought he was considering becoming a Muslim. The FBI  has said there is no connection with Boyle's earlier life and the family's abduction.

Where were they kidnapped?

The couple, who had been in Central Asia for several months, were taken hostage in October 2012 in Wardak province, a Taliban stronghold near the Pakistani border. Coleman had three children while in captivity; Boyle even claimed to have delivered one son by flashlight. Coleman’s parents last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an Internet cafe in what Boyle described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan. The family was being held by the Haqqani network, a group called a terrorist organization by the U.S., but one that does not normally execute Western hostages — preferring cash ransoms.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Ex-Taliban hostage Caitlan Coleman breaks her silence .
Ex-Taliban hostage Caitlan Coleman breaks her silenceYORK, Pa. — Ten days after her rescue from Taliban-linked militants, Caitlan Coleman has issued her first public statement in a series of emails.

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