American and Canadian family of Taliban hostages who were dramatically rescued by special forces in Pakistan board commercial flight to Canada after refusing to return to the US

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An American woman and her Canadian husband who were freed from Taliban captivity in Pakistan on Thursday are now on her way back to Canada after refusing to board a US military plane.

Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were rescued from their Haqqani Network captors by Pakistan officials on Wednesday and were turned over to US commandos afterwards.

President - Trump - Credit - Rescue - Evidence

President Trump took credit for their rescue and said it was evidence of renewed relations between the US and Pakistan. The Canadian government has said nothing of their release.

However the couple - who were saved along with the three young children they welcomed in captivity - do not want to rebuild their life in the US.

Board - US - Plane - Assurances - State

They refused to board a US military plane despite assurances from the State Department that it would take them to either America or Canada.

Their hesitation lay in Boyle's fear that he would be persecuted over his first marriage to a Canadian terror suspect.

Hands - Officials - Home

Instead, they insisted on being transferred into the hands of Canadian officials to bring them home.

On Friday morning, the family-of-five boarded a commercial plane out of Islamabad.

Pakistani - Officials - NBC - News - Way

Pakistani officials told NBC News they were on their way to the UK.

But given Joshua's comments to The Toronto Star, it is likely the pair are simply changing flights in London, a travel hub with direct flights to both Canada and Pakistan.

Joshua - Travel - Plans - Interview - Thursday

Joshua revealed their travel plans in an interview on Thursday night, his first since he was taken into captivity five years ago.

'We’re looking forward to a new lease on life, to use an overused idiom, and restarting and being able to build a sanctuary for our children and our family in North America,' he said.

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