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Released hostage says captors raped wife, killed his baby, but he refused to board plane, wants no part of US

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Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle said his Islamic militant Haqqani captors raped his wife and killed his infant daughter while in captivity.

…but it’s the U.S. that Boyle wants no part of.

Boyle was once married to the older sister of Guantanamo detainee Oma Khadr, who was captured on the battlefield and later pleaded guilty to killing U.S. Army Sargent Christopher Speer, according to Fox News. Khadr, a Canadian, was 15-years-old when captured and was returned to Canada in 2012 by the Obama administration — he was released on bail in 2015.

The father of Boyle’s ex-wife was a senior al-Qaida financier and the family once lived with Osama bin Laden for a short time.

Arriving in Canada on Friday with his American wife and three young children after being rescued Wednesday, Boyle spoke with reporters.

“The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network’s kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter,” he said.

The family was held captive for five years after being abducted while in Afghanistan to help villagers — wife Caitlin Coleman had four children while in captivity.

The U.S. government provided Pakistan with “actionable information,” requesting that the country rescue the family, Fox News reported. A military hostage team planned to fly the family out of Pakistan, but Boyle refused to board the U.S. plane.

The recovery was more of a negotiated release than a dramatic rescue, according to Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin.

Getty Joshua Boyle
(Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Boyle’s father said his son wanted to fly directly to North America and the plane was instead headed to Bagram Air Base, in Afghanistan.

A U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in “custody,” afraid his background might land him in Guantanamo Bay.

More on the story from Fox News:


The handwritten statement that Boyle gave the AP expressed disagreement with U.S. foreign policy.

“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 organized injustice in the world would be a betrayal of all I believe, and tantamount to sacrilege,” he wrote.

He nodded to one of the State Department officials and said, “Their interests are not my interests.”

Tom Tillison


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