Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his gratitude to his nation's allies for their help in rescuing a native family from the Taliban who held them hostage since 2012.
Canadian national Joshua Boyle, 34, and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, 31 were kidnapped in early October 2012 after they crossed into Afghanistan during a backpacking trip through central Asia.
The couple refused to immediately board a US-bound jet over concerns about the husband's past links to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate. During this time the couple remained under the custody of the Haqqani network, and they also bore three children.
Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Kadhr, a Canadian imprisoned for 10 years at the USA detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
But one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no indication that the hostages had been in Afghanistan in the days before they were freed, contrary to the Pakistani account.
The family was rescued on Thursday after Pakistani security forces ambushed their captors.
"The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through co-operation between two forces against a common enemy", said a statement from the Pakistani military. She then adds: "My children have seen their mother defiled".
A US national security official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said USA officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a USA transport plane, but at the last minute Boyle would not get on, the official said.
The US official said there are some questions surrounding Boyle's past, but the Department of Justice said he did not face arrest.
US President Donald Trump said the "release of the US-Canadian family from a Taliban-linked group is a positive development for our country's relationship with Pakistan", according to a White House statement. "We are prepared to bring them back home", the official said. Thursday's statements from Islamabad and Washington were the first mention of a third child.
Mattis, who last week said the United States would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan, was upbeat on Thursday.
"Cait, in her last video said if all five of them make it out, it's going to be a miracle", Boyle said.
They would appear sporadically in videos from the Haqqani network over the years, saying their captors had threatened to kill them if the Afghan government would not stop executing Taliban prisoners.