Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were an AMerican-Canadian family held hostage by the Taliban since October 2012. Boyle and wife were kidnapped while backpacking through Central Asia. The couple gave birth to three children in captivity. On October 11, Pakistani forces located the family in Kurram Agency and rescued them. To hear that she birthed 3 children while in captivity blew my mind.
But a little background first. Boyle had a long-standing interest in Islamic terrorism, stating in 2009 that “anything related to terrorism on Wikipedia, I wrote, pretty much.” He took an interest in the Gitmo detainee, Omar Khadr and married Omar’s sister Zaynab Khadr in 2009 becoming her third husband. At the time Boyle was believed by co-workers to be, or perhaps converting to become Muslim, taking prayer breaks at work at appropriate times. Boyle first received press coverage in 2009 after an attack on his father’s home. During his marriage to Zaynab, Boyle’s parents’ Ottawa house was fired upon and ransacked by an intruder but no valuables were taken. Boyle believed it was related to his marriage to “a woman who had ties to Osama bin Laden.”
US FBI investigators have concluded that the kidnapping of Boyle and his wife was unrelated to his first marriage and have described it as “a horrible coincidence”. And now the couple is finally free. According to the washington post, “Today they are free,” President Donald Trump said in a statement, crediting the U.S.-Pakistani partnership for securing the release. Trump later praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region” and said the release suggests other “countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.”
Would you have been able to survive in captivity for more than 4 years?