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The Haqqani net­work is a pow­er­ful afghan group with a his­tory of tak­ing and hold­ing Western hostages. Their high­est pro­file cap­tive was U.s. sol­dier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years be­fore be­ing freed in a pris­oner ex­change in May 2014.

Cole­man gave birth to her first son in cus­tody, fol­lowed by a sec­ond boy a few years later.

In a let­ter to his par­ents from cap­tiv­ity, Boyle de­scribed de­liv­er­ing the child in se­cret, by flash­light. “Ta-da!” he wrote. “The as­ton­ished cap­tors were good and brought all our post­par­tum needs, so he is now fat and healthy, praise God.”

A “proof-of-life” video showed the chil­dren alive for the first time last De­cem­ber.

In the video, Cole­man ap­peals to the U.S. and Afghan

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