Caitlan Coleman and family rescued by Pakistan forces

| October 12, 2017 | 67 Comments

Fox News reports that Pakistan special forces rescued Caitlan Coleman and her family, including three children who had been born in captivity with the Haqqani terrorist network. No US troops were involved in the rescue, but the Pakistani troops benefited from US intelligence reports;

The two vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

Coleman’s parents, Jim and Lyn Coleman, last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Josh described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.

The announcement of the release comes a month after President Trump announced a new strategy to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the Taliban and other militant groups would no longer find safe haven in Pakistan.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism.

Category: Terror War

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  1. Dave Hardin says:

    I have little if any sympathy for Americans that decide to “tour” countries that are known to be full of terrorist groups.

    To risk one life in a effort to fee them is nonsense.

  2. Graybeard says:

    They were stupid. Hopefully they will be sadder but wiser from now on.

    • Ret_25X says:

      We are going to find that they were not ‘abducted’…not held against their will.

      We are going to find out that they consider their “rescue” to be the abduction.

      They went to that region to join the tribe, so to speak

  3. GDContractor says:

    I was in Wardak in 2012 and from what I recall, we were told a rumor that a pregnant Canadian woman had been kidnapped and to keep our eyes out for her. And of course, we were told that she might be in a “white Toyota”. Except for that one time, I never heard anything more about it. Nor could I ever substantiate anything about the rumor. I bet this is her.

  4. Guard Bum says:

    On the plus side, in recent pictures they are both very slim…..

    Though I am glad they were released that is about the kindest thing I can think of to say.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    “including three children who had been born in captivity with the Haqqani terrorist network”

    Oh well honey we might as well just raise that family right here while we are held captive.

  6. Cacti35 says:

    Speaking of people disappearing in the shit-hole countries, what ever came of the doctor that helped us locate Bin Laden? That story seemed to get buried.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    They don’t seem to be quite as jolly in the Fox image as they are in that photo posted up top.

    I have tried for a very long time understand people who go on hiking trips into what is properly deemed hostile territory, and think nothing will happen to them. They are nuts.

    I hope this pair of twits learned their lesson the hard way and won’t do that again, but I have doubts about that.

    • Roger in Republic. says:

      I fully expect them to cash in on their own stupidity via book deals and paid interviews.

    • MSG Eric says:

      I had to tell a friend of mine who’s traveling to Peru about the state department’s page and how to do a review of the country you’re going to visit.

      She didn’t even know it was there, nor did she know much about Peru, or even South America. Not my theater of expertise, but I was still able to give her a quick 5 minute brief on what to do and not do there. Like, don’t use credit cards in Peru, use “paper” money. I even told her about the prevalence of “kidnapping” that happens in South America of us Northern peoples because they know there is insurance tied to those that go there for work.

      The majority of Americans, or even “Westerners” are oblivious to real threats and think they’ll be fine no matter where they go.

      These two are just plain stupid and their children paid a hefty price for their stupidity.

  8. Denise Williams says:

    This should be posted as an object lesson to every SJW. It doesn’t matter how peaceful, loving and understanding you are of the awful plight of those poor, misunderstood people who are only trying to throw off the shackles of Imperialism. Your feelings and beliefs toward them don’t matter, only theirs towards you.

    Anyone see a new TV show called, “The State”? It follows several Westerners who go to join ISIS. It’s fairly honest in that it shows the disillusion that reality causes.

    Your dogma just got run over by Karma – one of my favorite lines.

  9. Devtun says:

    “No US troops were involved”. Not officially anyways. The boys from Bragg were probably right there w/ the Paki forces holding their hands. Like when the Colombian military police got the credit for wacking Pablo Escobar – well, sure okay…wink wink.

  10. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    I guess I should be happy for them…why I’m not sure.

    These two people went for a “journey” through central Asian shitholes. I remain unconvinced these two assholes were just innocent backpackers and I find it hard to believe that anyone in 2012 with any working fucking brain cells at all would consider hiking along any borders with places like Afghanistan is a good call.

    I’ve said it before and no doubt will say it a few more times before I shake of this mortal coil, no one is guaranteed equality of outcome. Everyone is guaranteed an equal start under our constitution. Some will fritter that away with choices that involve criminal activity and some will waste it by virtue of being fucking stupid.

    That must have been some terrible imprisonment that allowed them to fornicate and produce offspring while locked up….something smells here and it’s not just the 5 years of not washing their asses.

    So they are either collaborators, wannabe terrorists, or fucking idiots. And now they’ve reproduced….remind me again why I’m supposed to give a flying fuck if they live or die?

    • Sparks says:

      And if you asked them why they didn’t choose a place like say, the Northern Cascades or southern Canadian Rockies, they would have said, “No way, the bears will kill you!”/

      • Dinotanker says:


        Im kind of glad they didn’t decide to go trooping through Washington.

        Bears do, what bears do.

        I cannot fathom why they would be having children while be held captive. Just a tad bit of uncertainty there; hey kids, Mom and Dad WONT be back today. But this nice lady in the burka will be your mom now.

        • Aysel says:

          the kids might not be his….

        • Graybeard says:

          Looking at the pics at the link, the 2 kids pictured seem to be blond/light brown haired – a recessive gene. Unless the Afghani/Pakistani captors were atypical, I would expect dark hair.

          From the pics of the grandparents at the link, the light-haired gene seems to be on both sides.

          I expect that their captors had some “fun” with Mamma while the kids watched, though.

          • Weekend Warrior in Texas says:

            Afghanistan is where the asshole from Austria believed the Aryan “race” originated. I met plenty of middle easterners that could pass for goofy ass white boys from Liberty, or Moscow or any other Bugtussle town in East Texas. Expecting them to be dark-haired and swarthy will lead to surprise. It can also be said Aryans do not have to be blond haired and fair skinned. Oh yeah, the Arabs argue Aryans came from Iraq along with the tribes of Israel.

  11. Combat Historian says:

    Color me a pessimistic skeptic, but there is a possibility that this family has been converted to Islam while in captivity and are a potential sleeper cell once back in CONUS. Yes, the Stockholm Syndrome and all that. I hope the proper authorities keep a watchful eye on this family as they return to the U.S. and/or Canada…

    • Fyrfighter says:

      CH, I think i’ll go you one better, and say that they had already converted (especially considering the husbands former brother-in-law), and their “hiking expedition” and “captivity” were just a cover for going there and getting some training to come back as a sleeper cell. I don’t believe any of it was accidental

      • MSG Eric says:

        When the guys that held Bergdahl dropped him off, they were saying all kinds of things along that nature for the cameras. “Don’t ever come back here! you should feel lucky!” and so on.

        I’m inclined to believe this is very likely and I’m sure they’ll be under fairly significant watch for a long while.

      • Sonny's Mom says:


        “Terry Ritchie, the mayor of Perth-Andover, wrote in a 2013 Facebook post Boyle’s ‘co-workers here knew he had converted or was converting to Islam.

        “’He was given special breaks from his job as a customer service representative to pray at appropriate times, co-workers say,’ the post from Ritchie read.”

        Source: Eden’s link to, posted 10/12/17 @ 1:48

    • Weekend Warrior in Texas says:

      That Amish beard says it all.

  12. Tony180A says:

    New is reporting the husband is refusing to board a US plane. Thinks he could face legal trouble due to previous marriage.

  13. OWB says:

    Will some terrorists be ordered to pay child support?

  14. AW1Ed says:

    Still nary a twitch.


  15. Lily says:

    He looks trustworthy, just never trust someone with a full short beard. The full short beard is a sure sign of a demented individual.

  16. mr. sharkman says:

    An interesting note/observation:

    For all their radical beliefs, they walk the walk.

    3 children born in captivity and apparently cared for?

    Their kidnappers probably considered them to be ‘useful idiot noncombatants’?

    It would be very, very interesting to be a wasp on the wall of the husband and wife during their debrief.

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