Rescued Canadian-American family leaves Pakistan

Former hostage Joshua Boyle said upon arriving back in Canada that the Haqqani network in Afghanistan had killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held in captivity

Boyle told reporters soon after he, his wife and their three children returned to Canada on Friday that their captors had murdered a fourth child and raped his wife.

The pair returned from the captivity with three children who were born in captivity.

But Mr Boyle confirmed Najaeshi's two-year-old brother Dhakwoen Noah was finding it harder to adjust to his new home.

The operation late on Wednesday freed American Caitlan Campbell, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their three children who were born in captivity following five years as hostages of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

Before marrying Coleman, Boyle was briefly married in 2009 to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of Canadian-born Omar Khadr, who was captured in battle as a teenager in Afghanistan in 2002 and held for a decade in the United States military at Guantanamo Bay.

Boyle said his captors authorized a guard to rape his wife, and is asking the Afghan government to bring them to justice.

'And now they are seeing houses, they are seeing food, they are seeing gifts, all of this.

"He's doing very well".

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The family were rescued by the Pakistan Army in an operation in Kohat on the basis of "actionable intelligence" provided by Washington, that indicated the hostages and their captors had crossed the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on Oct 11, 2017.

In a further update on his family, Mr Boyle said: 'Our daughter has had a cursory medical exam last night, and hospital staff were enthusiastically insistent that her chances seemed miraculously high based on a quick physical.

He said that the whole family will undergo full medical work-ups in the coming days.

He wrote: 'God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination, and to allow that to stagnate, to pursue personal pleasure or comfort while there is still deliberate and organised injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege'. But the Haqqani group also operates like a criminal network.

Boyle said one of his children is suffering from health issues and needed to be force-fed by rescuers.

"We sent our troops, traced the vehicle on the basis of intelligence sharing... and recovered the hostages", Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesman for the Pakistani military, said in televised comments.

Boyle had been a staunch critic of the human rights abuses in the United States war on terror after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and was previously married for a year to the sister of an inmate at the U.S. military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in "custody" given his family ties. She was the daughter of a senior al Qaeda financier and friend of Osama bin Laden. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one official describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence".

The US Justice Department said neither Boyle nor Coleman is wanted for any federal crime.

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