Are countries starting to respect the United States again? President Donald Trump seems to think so!
During a press conference, Trump praised the successful release of an American woman and her family, who have been held captive by the Taliban for the last five years (since 2012).
Fox News Insider reports:
Caitlan Coleman, 32, her Canadian husband and their three young children were freed in a “negotiated release,” an official told Fox News on Thursday.
The family was being held by the Haqqani network, a terror organization active along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Trump praised the cooperation from the Pakistani government, saying “I believe they’re starting to respect the United States again.”
Trump said, “It’s very important. Right now I think a lot of countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.”
According to Fox News, Coleman was seven months pregnant with her first child when she and her husband, Josh Boyle, were kidnapped by the Haqqani network (a Taliban-linked group). The couple had all three of their children in captivity, and have “been essentially living in a hole for 5 years,” according to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Can you even imagine the horror?
The couple and their three children were released on Thursday. However, Boyle refuses to get on a plane to fly back to the states.
Boyle is refusing to board an American military plane in Pakistan waiting to take them home, fearing he’ll be arrested, a U.S. official said. Some officials say Roberts is fearful of perhaps being sent to Guantanamo Bay, based off his background.
Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in 2002 in a firefight at an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.
The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 in 2002 when he tossed a grenade in a firefight that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a special forces medic.
Other officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle’s capture by the Haqqani network, with one describing it to The Associated Press in 2014 as a “horrible coincidence.”
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