Freed Taliban Hostage Won’t Board US Airplane

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A former hostage refused to get on a plane to the United States, when he and his family were freed Thursday after being held captive for five years by Taliban-affiliated militants.

Following a successful Pakistani military operation, American citizen Caitlan Coleman — along with her Canadian husband and their three children — were freed and are awaiting transfer to American custody, according to The New York Times. But Coleman’s husband, Joshua Boyle, wouldn’t board the plane because “he thinks he will face law enforcement and possible arrest,” a U.S. official said, according to CNN.

Boyle fears that he may be interrogated or imprisoned by U.S. authorities because he was previously married to the sister of a man jailed for 10 years at Guantanamo Bay for fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” President Donald Trump said in a statement, applauding the operation’s success.

The couple was captured in October 2012 while hiking in the Wardak Province near Kabul. Until now, attempts to free Coleman and her family, as well as 2016 prisoner negotiations, were unsuccessful.

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