Cana­dian Joshua Boyle, his Amer­i­can wife Cait­lan Cole­man and their three young chil­dren have been re­leased from cap­tiv­ity five years af­ter the cou­ple dis­ap­peared in Afghanistan. Here is a time­line of their case.

July 2012

— Joshua Boyle and Cait­lan Cole­man travel to Rus­sia. They later move on to Kaza­khstan, Ta­jik­istan, Kyr­gyzs­tan and fi­nally to Afghanistan over the course of sev­eral months.

Oct. 8, 2012

— Cait­lan Cole­man’s fa­ther hears from Boyle for the last time be­fore the cou­ple is cap­tured. Boyle said he was in an in­ter­net cafe in what he de­scribed as an “un­safe” part of Afghanistan. The last with- drawals from the cou­ple’s bank ac­count were made Oct. 8 and 9 in Kabul. An Afghan of­fi­cial later said the cou­ple had been ab­ducted in War­dak Prov­ince, a rugged, moun­tain­ous Tal­iban haven.

Late 2012 or early 2013

— Cole­man’s first child is born. Cole­man was preg­nant at the time of her cap­ture, and her due date was in De­cem­ber 2012.

June 4, 2014 — Cole­man’s fam­ily releases two videos of Cole­man and Boyle in cap­tiv­ity, say­ing the clips were pro­vided to them in 2013. The two call on the U.S. to free them and their child from Tal­iban cap­tors.

Novem­ber 2015 — Cole­man’s fam­ily re­ceives a let­ter from Cole­man in which she says she has given birth to a sec­ond child in cap­tiv­ity.

Aug. 30, 2016

— A video of Cole­man and Boyle is posted on YouTube. In it, Boyle says that their cap­tors will kill them and their chil­dren “if the poli­cies of the Afghan govern­ment are not over­turned, ei­ther by the Afghan govern­ment or by Canada, some­how, or the United States.” A Tal­iban of­fi­cial has said the video was recorded in 2015.

De­cem­ber 2016

— An­other video is posted on­line, this time fea­tur­ing Cole­man, Boyle and their two young chil­dren. In the video, Cole­man urges gov­ern­ments on all sides to reach a deal to se­cure the fam­ily’s free­dom.

Oct. 12, 2017 — U.S. of­fi­cials say Pak­istan se­cured the fam­ily’s re­lease. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, Cole­man had a third child while in cap­tiv­ity. In a press re­lease, the Pak­istani mil­i­tary says Boyle and Cole­man will be “repa­tri­ated to the coun­try of their ori­gin.”


Joshua Boyle and Cait­lan Cole­man, shown here in an un­dated fam­ily photo.


Cait­lan Cole­man and her hus­band, Cana­dian Joshua Boyle were ab­ducted five years ago and had three chil­dren while in cap­tiv­ity.

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